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VOTES 






AND 



PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



GENERAL ASSEMBLY 



O F T H E 



Province of NEW-JERSEY 



At a SESSIONS begun and holden at PERTH-AMBOT, 

Ottober i, 1754. 




WOOD BRIDGE, in New-Jersey: 
Printed by James Parker, by Order of the General Ajfembly, 1754. 






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VOTES 

OF THE 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 



Rcprefentathes ZKjimcs. 



Perth-Amboy, 

Middle/ex, 

Monmouth, 

Efex, 

Somerfet, 

Bergen, 
City of Burlington, 
County of Burlington, 

Gloucefter, 
Salem and Cumberland, 

Cape May, 



John Stevem, 
Samuel Ncvill, 
Robert Lawrence, 
Jacob Dehart, 
Hendrick Fifher, 
George Vrelandt, 
Charles Read, 
Barzillia Newbold 
John Ladd, 
William Hancock 
Aaron Learning, 



Hunterdon, Morris & Suffex, Jofeph Yard, 



John Johnfton. 

John Wetherill. 
Speaker, James Holmes. 

Richard Bradbury, 

John Hogland. 

Rincar Vangefon. 

Samuel Smith. 
, Henry Paxfon. 

Samuel Clement. 
, Ebenezer Miller. 

Jacob Spicer. 

Peter Middagh. 



^* 






P e r t h - A m b o y. ¥ U E S D A Y, October i. 1754? 

PURSUANT to His Majefty's Write for electing Reprefentatives of 
the Colony of New-Jerfey, to ferve in General Aflembly, returnable 
at Burlington the Sixth of Augujl laft, and fundry Prorogations fince 
to this Day, Seventeen of the Members met. 

Mr. Secretary produced a Dedimus from his Excellency, appointing the 
Honourable Andrew Johnftcn, James Hade, Samuel Nevill, and Charles Read t 
Efquires, or any two of them, to qualify the Members. 

And accordingly the Members prefent, being Seventeen in Number, were 
qualified, Mr. Hude and Mr. Read being prefent. 

And then the Members adjourn'd themfelves till To-morrow Morning, 
Nine o'Clcck. 

Wednefday, October 2. 1754. 

The Members met. 

Mr. Read and Mr. Lawrence were qualified before Mr. Hude and Mr. Nevill, 
in the Prefence of the Members, 

A 2 And 



( 4) 

And then Mr. Secretary informed the Members, that they were directed 
by His Excellency, to proceed to the Choice of a Speaker. 

And they proceeded accordingly, and chofe Robert Lawrence, Efq; 
who was placed in the Chair accordingly. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That the Clerk of the Crown lay the Writs for electing Reprefentatives, 
with their Returns, before the Houfe immediately. 

According to Order, the Writs for Election, and Returns, were hid before 
the Houfe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Tburfday, October 3. 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Hancock do wait on his Excellency, arid defire 
that he will be pleafed to let the Houfe know when they may attend him to 
prefent their Speaker. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Hancock and himfelf had waited on his 
Excellency with the above Meflage, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe might 
attend him as foon as they fee fit. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency. 

And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, That 
the Houfe had prefented him to his Excellency, who was pleafed to approve 
of their Choice ; that he had requefted his Excellency, that the Houfe might 
be protected in their ufual Privileges ; and that the Speaker, or any of the 
Members, might by Order of the Houfe have free Accefs to his Excellency, 
as often as the publick Affairs requires it : To which his Excellency was 
pleafed to anfwer, That the Houfe might be affured, be ivould protect them in 
all their ufual Privileges. 

A MefTage from His Excellency by the Secretary ; 

Mr. Speaker, His Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the 
Attendance of the Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
reported, that the Houic had waited on his Excellency, who was plealed to 
make a Speech to the Council and General Aflembly ; of which Mr. Speaker 
faid he had, to prevent Miftakes, obtained a Copy ; which was ordered to be 
read ; and it was read accordingly, and is as follows : 

* Gentlemen 



( 5 ) 

' Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly, 

' HPHE bold and unwarrantable Incroachmcnts of the French, (with their 
' -*- Indians) upon His Majefty's Lands, on the River Ohio, with their 
' invading the King's Territories, even from South-Carolina to Nova-Scotia, 
' together with their barbarous Depredations, and Murders of his Majefty's 
' Subjects, has been the chief Reafon of my calling you together at this Time, 

* when I hope you will fee the abfolute Ncceffity of the ftri&eft Union 

* among all his Majefty's Provinces and Colonies, not only for the common 

* Defence, but alio for the better Safety and Welfare of each particular 

* Province ; and that you will now join with the neighbouring Governments 
1 and chearfully exert your felves, in raifing Men and Money for repelling the 

* French, and for driving them from the continual Inroads they are making 
' upon the King's Lands and People : And thefe Things you can be no Stran- 

* gers to, while we have repeated undoubted Accounts of their conftantly 
" alarming the Frontiers of his Majefty's Provinces, from their moft Southerly 
' to their moft Northerly Bounds : I therefore hope, and have no Doubt, but 
' that thefe Things will fire you, (and every true Englijh Heart) with a 
' becoming Indignation, againft the very extraordinary Proceedings of the 

* French, contrary to the Law of Nations, and in open Violation of the Treaties 
' of Peace between the Crown of Great-Britain and the French King, and 
" to which the French ought to have a juft and facred Regard. 

' The prefent melancholly Situation of many of our Neighbours, require* 

* your fpeedy and humane Regard towards them ; nor muft you, Gentlemen 

* imagine yourfdves exempted from thefe Cruelties and Barbarities ; no ! if 
' there be not an effectual Stop put to them, you may foon expect the Enemy 
1 on your own Borders : I therefore lately fent, by Exprefs, my Orders to the 

* Colonels of the feveral Regiments in the Province, to muftcr them, and to 
' make a thorough Infpection, that Officers and Men be furnifhed with Arms 
' and Ammunition as the Law directs, and fo may be ready for Service upon any 

* fudden Occafion. And here I think proper to fay, that it feems neceflary 

* to revife the Militia-Act, and to amend and ftrengthen it, fo as to anfwer the 

* End and Purpofe for which it was made; and this to be done more efpecially 
' at this critical Juncture. 

* I have now alfo order'd to be laid before you, a Plan for the Union of 
e the B' itiJJj Colonies on the Continent of America, as agreed on in the Con- 
: grefs of the CommifTioners from a good Number of the King's Provinces 
' lately held in the City of Albany ; together with a particular Account of the 

* feveral Conferences held with the Six Nations and other Indians, at the faid 

* Congrefs. Thefe Things you will well deliberate upon, and do therein as 

* you fhall judge reafonable and neceffary. 

c Gentlemen of the General Afembly, 

1 What I have now mentioned, muft of Courfe be attended with confide- 
' rable Charge ; and as the Provifion for it moft properly originates with you, 

■ I hope, not only for the King's Honour and Intereft, but for the Safety and 

* Welfare of the People you reprefent, you will give the needful Difpatch to 

■ every Thing to be done on your Part ; and a ready Inftance of your Duty in 
' this Refpect, will recommend you to the Royal Grace and Favour of the 
« Beft of Kings. 

■S * Gentlemen 



1 Gentlemen of the Council, end of the General Affembly, 
1 I am fenfible it will foon be a very bufy Time in your private Affairs ; 
' when you have therefore gone through what I have now laid before you, I 
' fhall be willing to give you fuch reafonable Recefs, as you may defire. 

o/xf,f ;;; 4 . J. B E L C H E R. 

Ordered, 
That His Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from a Number of the Freeholders, Inhabitants of Gloucejler 
County, was prefented to the Houfe, complaining of an undue Election in 
the Choice of Reprefentatives in the laft Election for faid County, praying 
fuitablc Redrefs : Which was read. 

Mr. Stevens and Mr. Holmes attending, were qualified before Mr. Hude and 
Mr. Read. 

Ordered, 
That they take their Places in the Houfe. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the Petition complaining of an undue 
Election in the County of Gloucejler ; and being informed that Samuel Chivers, 
one of the Petitioners, is attending : 
Ordered, 
That faid Chivers attend the Houfe immediately. 

Samuel Chivers attending according to Order, was afked fundry Queftions ; 
and then Mr. Clement and Mr. Ladd, the Members returned for the faid 
County of Gloucejler, with faid Chivers, were all ordered to withdraw. 
Ordered, 
That the Petitioners, or whom they fhall appoint, and the Sheriff of faid 
County, with their refpeclive Evidences, do attend the Houfe on Thurfday the 
joth Inftant, at 10 o' Clock in the Morning ; and that the Petitioners ferve 
the faid Sheriff with a Copy of faid Petition and this Order. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o' Clock. 

Friday, October 4. J 754. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Clement had Leave to be abfent till Thurfday next, on urgent Bufinefs. 

A Petition of Jofeph Bonney, a Prifoner in Somerfet Goal, was prefented to 
she Houfe, fetting forth, that he has made divers Applications to the Governor 
and General Affembly of this Province, for Redrefs in the Affair of John 
Riddle, late pretended Sheriff of Somerfet ; but has not as yet had any Relief 
therein ; praying that the Houfe will now take his Cafe into Confideration, 
and do what is proper on the Occafion > which was read in the Houfe, and 
ordered a fecond Reading, A 



( 7) 

A Petition of John Hyde, a Prifoner for Debt in Somerfet Goal, was 
prefentcd to the Roufe, fetting forth his long Confinement, and Inability to 
farisfy his Creditors, praying a Revival of the Infolvent Ad, or Liberty to 
make a Lottery for Payment of his faid Debts j which was read, and ordered 
a fecond Reading. 

Jacob Spicer, Efq; one of the Members returned for the County of Cape- 
May, attending, was qualified before Mr. Johnjlon and Mr. Read. 
Ordered, 
That he take his Seat in the Houfe accordingly. 

A Petition of Henry Koch, Peter Hoffman, William Bero, and others, to 
the Number of Twenty-four, Foreigners, praying to be naturalized, was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Samuel Nevill, Efq; one of the Members returned for the County of Middle- 
fex, attending, was qualified before Mr. Johnjlon and Mr. Read. 
Ordered, 
That he take his Seat in the Houfe accordingly. 

Several Petitions, all of one Tenor, from a Number of the Freeholders, 
Inhabitants of the County of Middlefex, were prefented to the Houfe, fetting 
forth, that the Electing of the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; a Representative 
to ferve in General Affembly, (he being one of the Judges of the Supreme 
Court) is contrary to the Laws of Great Britain, and an Act of this Province, 
entitled, An Act for jecuring the Freedom of Affemblies ; which were read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading at three o' Clock this Afternoon. 

Refohed, 
That two of the Members of this Houfe, with the Speaker, be a fufficient 
Number to meet and adjourn from time to time, but that not lefs than fixteen 
be a fufficient Number to proceed to any other Bufinefs, nor lefs than 
Twenty when any Money is to be raifed or applied. 
Refohed, 
That the Members Names to their Teas and Nays, be entered in the 
Minutes, if defired by any three Members. 
Refohed, 
That John Titus be Door-keeper of this Houfe. 

Rejolved, 
That a Committee of Grievances do fit every Wednefday, if there be 
Occafion ; and that faid Committee be a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That James Parker do print the Votes of the Houfe, being firft perufed 
and figned by the Speaker. 

Mr. Secretary laid before the Houfe, a Copy of the Plan for the Union of 
the Britifh Colonies on the Continent of America, as agreed on in the Congrefs 
of Commiffioners lately held at Albany, together with the particular Account 
of the feveral Conferences held with the Six Nations, and others, at the laid 
Congrefs. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. The 






( 8 ) 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition of Two Hundred and Forty-two of the Inhabitants of the County 
of Suffex, was prcfented to the Houfe, complaining of undue Proceedings in 
electing the Place for building a Court-Houfe and Goal in faid County, and 
fetting forth the Ill-con veniency of having the Court- houfe in the Place where 
elected ; praying the Houfe to pafs a fupplementary Act, for appointing Com- 
miffioners to fettle and appoint the Place for the building the did Court-houfe 
inlaid County; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

According to the Order of the Day, the Petition of the Freeholders, 
Inhabitants of the County of Middlefex, againft Samuel Nevill, Efq; was read 
the fecond Time : Whereupon the Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of 
the whole Houfe, in order to confider the fame : After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Read, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that fome Progrefs had been made in the Matters under their Confi- 
deration ; and upon Richard Randolph's Requeft, who attended in Behalf of 
faid Petitioners, who defired further Time for the Petitioners to fupport their 
Allegations, the Committee defired Leave to fit again on Thurlduy next : 
To which Report the Houfe agreed. 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners, or whom they (hall appoint, attend the Houfe on 
Thurfday next, at three o'Clock in the Afternoon, to fupport their Allegations ; 
and that the Clerk fervc Richard Randolph on their Behalf, with a Copy of this 
Order. 

The Houfe adjournal till To-morrow Morning Nine o* Clock. 

Saturday, October 5. 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition of Peleg Mumford, Stephen Warne, Thomas Aken, Andrew Kelly, 
Augufiine Creed, Nathaniel Conger, Elias Burger, and Hezekiah Dunn, 
Priloners for Debt in Middlefex County Goal, was prefented to the Houfe, 
fetting forth their long Confinement, praying an Adl for their Relief; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition of John Noe, a Prifoner for Debt in Middlefex Goal, praying 
Relief, was alio read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Petition from the County of Su(fex, refpedling the Place for building a 
Court-houfe, was read a fecond Time, and referred to further Confideration. 

His Excellency's Speech was read a fecond Time, and committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houle. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Dehart and Mr. Bradbury do wait on his Excellency, and inform 
him, that the Houfe perceiving by Letters from the Agent, that the Royal 
Inftrudlion to his Excellency refpecling a Paper Currency, hath been tranfmitted, 
wc defire his Excellency would favour the Houfe with a Copy thereof. 

Ordered, 



(9 ) 



Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Spker, Mr. John/ion, Mr. Hancock, and Mr. Holmes, 
be a Committee to infpect the Laws of Great Baitain, and of this Province, 
relating to Perfons difqualificd to fit in the Houfe of Commons and General 
AfTembly, and make Report thereof. 

The Houfe refolved itfclf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider 
the Matters recommended in his Excellency's Speech ; After fome Time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Read, Chairman of the 
Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the 
Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again : To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

The Petition of Henry Koch, and others, for Naturalization, was read 
the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That upon the Petitioners making their Qualifications appear, as the Law 
directs, they have Leave to bring in a Bill for that Purpofe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning nine o' Clock. 

MONDAY, OSfoberj. 1754. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Aaron Learning, Efqj one of the Members returned for the County of Cape- 
May, attending, was qualified before Mr. Nevill and Mr. Read, 
Ordered, 
That he take his Seat in the Houfe accordingly. 

The Petition of Jofeph Bonney, a Prifoner in Somtrfet Goal, was read the 
fecond Time, and referred to further Confideration. 

The Petition of John Noe, a Prifoner for Debt in Middle/ex Goal ; the 
Petition of John Hyde, a Prifoner for Debt in Somerfet Goal, and the Petition 
of Stephen Warne, Peleg Mumford, Thomas Akin, Andrew Kelly, Augujline 
Creed, Nathaniel Conger, Eli as Burger and Hezekiah Dunn, Prifoners for Debt 
in Middle/ex Goal, were all read the fecond Time, and referred to further 
Confideration at next Seflion of the General AfTembly j and ordered, that 
all the feveral Creditors of the above mentioned Perfons, that have any Objections 
againfl a Law's being then pafs'd in their Favour, bring in their Objections to 
the General AfTembly, the firft Week of the next Seflions. 

Mr. Bradbury reported, that Mr. Dehart and himfelf delivered the Meflage 
of the Houfe with them intrufled, to his Excellency j who was pleafed to 
return the following Anfwer. 

C * Gentlemen 



( 1°) 

' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 
' TN Anfwer to your Mcflage of the 5th Inftant, I now fend you a Copy of 

* •*■ the King's Royal Inflrudtion lately received, and which comes in Anfwer 
' to a Petition prefented to his Majefty, for Leave to have an Emiffion of Sixty 
' Thoufand Pounds in Bills of Credit, in this Province ; and by this Inltrudtion 
' you will find, the King has gracioufly condeicended to your Requeft, that a 
' Draught of a Bill may be prepared by the Council and AfTembly, in order 
- to be palled into an Acl, for creating and ifTuing the Sum of Sixty Thoufand 
c "Pounds, in Paper Bills of Credit ; fo that fuch a Bill being palled into a Law, 
' will produce an ample Medium for the Carrying on of Trade, and for all 

* other Occafions, of the good People of the Province. 

* And the Intereft arifing from the fame, will be a conliderable Help in 
' defraying the Charges of the Government j and fo far as it may extend, will 
'• eafe the People in their Taxes. 

Etealetb-Tawn, J. BELCHER. 

Ofiobtrj, 1754. 

GeORTF R Additional Inflrufiion to Our Trujly and Well-Moved 

Jonathan Belcher, Efq; Our Captain General and 

Governor in Chief in and over Our Colony of Nova 

Caefarea or New-Jerfey, in America, or in bis Abjencc 

(Locus Sigilli.) to the Commander in Chief of ourjaid Colony, for the 

'lime being. 

G IV EN at our Court at St. James's, the gtb Day of 
April, 1754, in the Twenty -Seventh Tear of Our Reign. 

c VJETHEREAS an humble Petition hath been prefented unto us, by the 
« *» Houfe of Reprefentatives of our Colony of New-Jerfey, in General 
' AfTembly met, fetting forth, that by the Expiration of the Time limitted 
c for the Currency of the Paper Bills of Credit, heretofore created and iffued 

* by Virtue of Adts palled in our faid Colony, and approved and confirmed by 
« Us, a further Emiffion of fuch Paper Bills is become neceffary, as well for 

* enabling them to fupport Our Government, as for carrying on the Trade and 
« Commerce of our laid Colony ; and therefore humbly befeeching us to grant 
c our Royal Leave to you our Governor, to give your Afient to a Bill for 
' making current the Sum of Sixty Thoufand Pounds, in Bills of Credit, upon 
e the like Footing of thofe formerly emitted : And whereas it hath been repre- 
« fented to us, that a moderate Quantity of fuch Bills of Credit iflued upon a 

* proper Security, and having a proper Fund for their Redemption within a 
c limitted Time, may operate in many Refpects to the Advantage of our faid 

* Colony : And whereas we are at all Times deiirous of giving all proper 
' Countenance and Support, to whatever may be propofed for the Advantage 

* and Intereft of our Colonies in America, and which may tend to the Improve- 

* ment and Extention of their Trade and Settlements ; We are therefore 

* gracioufly pleafed, to condefcend to the Requeft of the Inhabitants of Our 
e laid Colony of New-Jerjey, and to permit and allow, that the Draught of a 

* Bill be prepared by our Council and the AfTembly of our faid Colony, in order 

* to be palTed into an Act, for creating and ifTuing the Sum of Sixty Thoufand 
c Pounds, in Paper Bills of Credit, of the like Nature, and on the fame Footing 

* with thofe iffued in the Years 1730, and 1733. 'Provided 



( " ) 

* Provided always, that the faid Bills of Credit fo to be iffued, fhall not 
« be declared by fuch Bill, to be legal Tenders in Difchargc of any Debts, 

* Dues or Demands whatfoever. 

« Provided alio, that a Claufe be inferted in the faid Bill, declaring, that 
' all and every Part of the Intereft Money, to arife from the Loan of the faid 
« Bills of Credit, fhall, during their Continuance, be appropriated for and 
« towards defraying all and every the eftablifhed and neceifary Charges and 
« Services of our Government, and particularly to the Payment of proper 
« Salaries, to be therein allotted to our Governor and Commander in Chief, 
c and to our Judges, JufHces, and other our Civil Officers within our faid 
t Colony ; and that the faid Money fhall remain in the Hands of the Treafurer 
« or Treafurers of our faid Colony, to be iffued and difpofed of for the Services 
c aforefaid, by Warrants under the Hand of our Governor or Commander in 
< Chief for the Time being, by and with the Advice of our Council, and by 
« no other Authority whatsoever. 

■ It is ncverthelefs Our Will and Pleasure, that you do not give 
e your Affent to any fuch Draught of a Bill, for Emitting the faid Sum of 

* Sixty Then/and Pounds, in Bills of Credit, until you fhall have tranfmitted 
' fuch Draught unto our Commiffioners for Trade and Plantations, in order to 
' be laid before Us, and fhall have received our Royal Pleafure thereupon. 

'And Our further Will and Pleasure is, that you do not carry into 
' Execution, this our Inftruclion, nor any Claufe, Matter or Thing herein 

* contained, until all the Bills of Credit, which were created and iffued by 
4 Virtue of Acts paffed in our faid Colony in the Years 1730, and 1733, and 
' which arc now outftanding, or fuch of them as have not been loft or 

* deftroyed, be finally funk and cancelled. 

G. R. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o' Clock. 

Tuefday, Ottober 8. 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, in order 
to further confidcr his Excellency's Speech : After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Read, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that fome further Progrefs had been made in the Matters to them 
referred, and defircd Leave to fit again : To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met, and refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe," 
to further confider his Excellency's Speech : After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Read, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had gone through his Excellency's Speech, and! 
come to fundry Refolutions j which he is directed to report, when the Houfe 
will receive the fame. 
Ordered, 
That the Report be made immediately. 

Whcreupoo 



( 12 ) 

Whereupon Mr. Read reported the Refolutions of the Committee as follows j 

\Ji, Refohed, 
That a humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his 
favourable Speech. To which the Houfc agreed. 

2d } Refohed, 
That Aid be granted to his Majefty, to affifl him in removing the French 
from his Lands at the Ohio : And on the Queftion, Whether the Houfe agree* 
thereto or not ? it patted in the Affirmative. 



TEAS. 



TEAS. 



Mr, Stevens, 


Mr. Vangefits, 


Mr. Johnjlm, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. Nfoill, 


Mr. Smith, 


Mr. Wetherul, 


Mr. Ht-wbold. 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. Pax/be. 


Mr. Debart, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Bradbury, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr, Fijber, 


Mr. Afi//fr. 


Mr. Hogland, 


Mr. Yard, 


Mr. Vrtlandt, 


Mr. Middagh, 



NATS. 

Mr. Learning. 
Mr.Sfi.'tr. 



Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith t Mr. John/ion, Mr. M*//<r, Mr. Stevens, and Mr. Bradbury^ 
be a Committee to prepare a Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Fifier, Mr. Dehart, and Mr. r^ni, be 
a Committee to infpect the Militia-A£t, and make Report thereof to the 
Houfe. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, in order 
to confider Ways and Means for the Aiding his Majefty, in removing the 
French from his Lands at the Ohio : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had made lome Progrefs in the Matters to them 
referred, and defired Leave to fit again ; To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 



D T Virtue of an Order of the Houfe of General Aflembly, I do appoint 
u James Parker of Woodbridge, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speaker. 



( 13 ) 

VOTES 

OF THE 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 



WEDNES DAT, October 9. 1754: 

The Houfe met 
Ordered, 

THAT Mr. Speaker do diretf: the Printer of the Votes of this Houfe, to 
print 287 S^ts of them, and fend 237 from time to time immediately 
to the Speaker 5 and that he keep enough Sheets to make 50 compleat Sets, 
and ftitch them, to be lent as the Houfe fhall hereafter direft. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to 
confider Ways and Means for the Aiding his Majefty, in removing the "French 
from his Lands at the Ohio : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that fome further Progrefs had been made in the Matters under their Confidc- 
ration, and defired Leave to fit again : To which the Houfe agreed. 

A Petition of Nathaniel Bayne, a Prisoner for Deht in Elizabeth-Town Goal, 
was prefented to the Houfe, and read, praying Relief, 
Ordered, 

That faid Petition be referred to next Seffions, to be confidered with the 
other Petitions from Prifoners for Debt, before referred. 



The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to 
confider Ways and Means for the Aiding his Majefty in removing the French 
from his Lands at the Ohio : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Committee had made fome further Progrefs in the Matters under their 
Confid-ration, and defired Leave to fit again : To which the Houfe agreed. 

A Petition of Crifl Kull and Tife Kafe, Foreigners, praying to be inferted in 
the Bill for Naturalization, was prefented to the Houfe, and read ; 
Ordered, 

That they be inferted according to their Defire, upon their making their 
Qualifications appear, as- the Law diredts. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o' Clock. 

£> Thursday, 



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Thurfdaj, October 10, 1754. 
The Houfe met. 

According to the Order of the Day, the Petitioners of the County of 
Ghucejler againft the Sheriff of faid County, relating to his returning John Ladd 
and Samuel Clement, Efqrs, Members to fierve in General Aflembly, with John 
Hnchman, Efq; Sheriff of faid County, attending with their Evidences, were 
called in, and the Petition read; and the Sheriff denying the Truth of the prin- 
cipal Fadts charged in faid Petition, the Houfe proceeded to hear the Allegations 
and Evidencei of the Petitioners, and referred the hearing the other ^ide till the 
Afternoon. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petitioners againft the Sheriff olGloucefler, with the faid Sheriff, attend- 
ing, were again called in, and the Houfe proceeded to examine and hear the 
Allegations and Evidence of faid Sheriff, againft the Fads charged in faid 
Petition ; and after hearing the fame, both Parties were ordered to withdraw. 

Ordered, 
' That the Matter be referred to further Confideration. 

According to the Order of the Day, the Petitioners of the County of Middle- 

fex againft Samuel Nevill, Efq; attending, were called in, and Richard Fitz- 

Randolph, in their Behalf, exhibited certain Allegations and Pleas in Writing, 

urging, that Samuel Nevill, Efq; being a Judge of the Supreme Court of this 

Province, is, by the Laws of England, and of this Province, difabled to fit in 

the Houfe of General Aflembly ; and Mr. NeviJJ ar.Avering to the Allegations 

charged againft him ; and then the Parties were ordered to withdraw. 
Ordered, 
That the Matter be referred to further Confideration. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Friday, October 11. 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from a Number of the Inhabitant of the County of Somerfet, 
was prefented to the Houfe, and read, praying Leave to make a Lottery for 
raifing Money for the building a Lutheran Church in laid County : And on 
the Queftion, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be granted not ? it palled 
in the Negative, Ncmine Cent radi ante. 

The Houfe refumed the Confideration of the Petition of the County of 
Gloucefter r , relating to the Sheriff of faid County returning John Ladd and 
Samuel Clement, Efqrs, Members to ferve in General Aflembly ; and Mr. Ladd 
and Mr. Clement, by Order of the Houfe withdrew : The Houfe haying fully 
confidered the feveral Allegations and Evidences of both Parties, and the Laws 
in that Cafe made and provided, the Queftion was put, Whether the Election 
and Return of Mr. Ladd and Mr. Clement were legal or not legal ? it paflcd 
in the Affirmative. 

TEAS, 



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TEAS. 



TEAS. 



NATS. 



NATS, 



Mr. Sttt/m, 


Mr. £™rf, 


Mr. Wtthtrill, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. Jobitjlt*. 


Mr. SW74, 


Mr. Htlmis, 


Mr. Learning. 


Mr. Ntvill, 


Mr. /V* 


Mr. Bradburj. 


Mr. fy«V/r. 


Mr. Drh.irt. 


Mr. Uiiltr, 


Mr, Fijbtr, 


Mr. JW. 


Mr. Vrdandt, 


Mr. Mliiegb. 


Mr. Hoglavi, 




Mr. Kangt/m, 




Mr. M^. 





Ordered, 

That Mr. ZWi and Mr. Clement rcfumc their Seati in the Houfe j and that 
the faid Sheriff of Gloucejier be dlfmiffed from further Attendance. 

The. Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met, and again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whol« 
Houfe, to confider Ways and Means for the Aiding his Majefty, in removing 
the French from his Lands at the Ohio : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker relumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had come to fundry Refolutions ; which he ii 
directed to report, when the Houfe will receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Hancock proceeded to report the Refolutions of th» 
Committee as follows ; 

\Ji, Refohed, 
That the Draught of a Bill be prepared, to ftrike the Sum of £. 70,000," 
in Bills of Credit, to be laid before his Majefty, for hi« Royal Approbation. 
To which the Houfe agreed. 

2d, Refohed, 
That in and by the faid Bill, the Sum of Ten Thoufand Pounds be immediately 
given to hie Majefly's Ufe, for the difpoffeffing the French from his Majefty's 
Lands an the Ohio, and paid to his Order, out of the firft Money that can bo 
printed and figned, after Notice of its having received his Majefty's Royal 
Approbation. To which the Houfe agreed. 

3</, Refohed, 
That the whole Intereft arifing from the remaining £. 60,000, which is to 
be let out on Loan, fhall be applied to his Majefty's Ufc ; one Part thereof, 
being the aforefaid £. 10,000, to be funk out of the firft Intereft that fhall 
arife after the Charges of printing and figning are paid j another Part of the 
faid Intereft, being the next that fhall arife thereafter, tp be applied towards 
finking the Paper Money made on Occafion of the late War, and yet outftand- 
ing ; and the Whole of the Remainder of the faid Intereft Money to lie in the 
Treafury, fubjeel only to future Applications for his Majefty's Service, for the 
Defence of the Colonies on the Continent of America, and for keeping Pof- 
feffion of the fame. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Ajh, Refolved, 
That a Petition be prepared, to lay before his Majefty, in the mod humble 
and dutiful Manner, the Reafons why the above are at this Time, the only 
Meafures that this Province can fall upon, to unite with the other Colonies 
for our Common Defence. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock, Mr. Fijher, Mr. JobnJIon, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Miller, 
be a Committee to prepare and bring in a Draught of faid Bill and Petition. 

Mr, 






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Mr. Read made a Motion in the Houfe, for Leave to bring in a Bill, to 
enable the Chief Juftice, or other Judges of the Supreme Court, to appoint 
Commiffioncrs in the feveral Counties of this Province, to take Special Bail, 
and to adminifter Oaths and Affirmations in Caufes depending in the Supreme 
Court, and to repeal the former Act for that Cafe provided. 
Ordered, 

That he have Leave accordingly. 

Henry Koch and Criji Kafe, with others, Foreigners, praying to be naturalized, 
produced a Certificate, certifying, that they have taken the ufual Oaths, and 
made and fubferibed the Declaration according to Law ; and according to Leave 
given, Mr. Middagb, in their Behalf, brought in a Bill for their Naturalization j 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Refohed, 
That the Houfe will on Tuefday next, at nine o' Clock in the Morning, 
proceed to confidcr the Matters alledged againfl Samuel Nevill, Efq; being 
difqualified to fit in the Houfe-of General AfTembly. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o' Clock. 

Saturday, October \z.- 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill for naturalizing Henry Koch and Criji Kafe, and others therein named, 
was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Fifher and Mr. Hogland. | 

Mr. Read, according to Leave given yefterday, brought in a Bill, entitled, 
An Act to enable the Chief Juftice, or other Judges of the Supreme Court, to 
appoint Commifjioners in the feveral Counties of this Province, to take Special 
Bail, and to adminifter Oaths and Affirmations in Caufes depending in the Supreme 
Court j and to repeal the former AH for that Cafe provided ; which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the three fucceflive Sittings of General 
AfTembly at this Place, occafioned by the declining State of Health in his 
Excellency, and the Difadvantage fuch a Precedent may be hereafter, if the 
Example is drawn into Practice, where the fame Neceflity does not require it. 

Refohed, Nemine Contradicente, 
That the Sitting of AfTemblies alternately at Burlington and Amboy, is an 
undoubted Privilege, and Part of the Conftitution of this Colony, and a, 
Privilege only to be given up when an unavoidable Neceflity requires it. 

. The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning nine o' Clock. 

MO N D AT, October 14. 1754. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o* Clock. 

Tuefday, 



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Tuefday, Oflober 15. 1754. 
The Houfc met. 

Mr. Fijher, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill for 
Naturalizing Henry Graaf, and others, reported the fame without Amend- 
ments ; which was read, and agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the laid Bill be cngroffed. 

The Bill, entitled, An Adt to enable the Chief Juftice, and ether Judges of 
ike Supreme Court, to appoint Commifjioners in the federal Counties of this 
Province, to take Special Bail, and to adminifler Oaths and Affirmations, in 
Caufes depending in the Suprer.e Court ; and to repeal the former A6i for that 
Cafe provided, was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Nevill, Mr. 
Newbold, and Mr. Paxfon. 

According to the Order of the Day, the Houfe taking into Confidcration, 
the Matters allcdged sgainft Samuel Nevill, Efq; being difqualified to fit in the 
Houfe, and referred the further Confidcration thereof, till three o'Clockinthc 
Afternoon. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill for making current £70,000, in Bills of Credit ; which was read, and 
•ordered a fecond Reading. 

. Alfo Mr. Smith, from the faid Committee, brought in a Draught of a 
Petition to hi» Majefiy j which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfc adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill for naturalizing Henry Graaf and others, was read and 
compared ; and on the Quefiion, 
Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Vrclandt and Mr. Yard do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
their Concurrence. 

Mr. Vrelandt reported, that Mr. Yard and himfclf, delivered the Bill with 
them intruded, to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. Rtad from the Committee appointed to infpett the Laws of Great JBr/- 
tain, and of this Province, relating to Perfons difqualified to fit in the Houfc 
of Commons, and General Affembly, reported, that they had infpected the 
fame, and that he was directed to make Report thereof to the Houfc, when 
they will be pleafed to receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the Report be made immediately : 

Whereupon Mr, Read, from faid Committee, oadc the following Report. 

B OrdertS s 



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Ordered, 
That Charles Read, Efq; from the Committee appointed to infpect the 
Laws of Great Britain, and of this Colony, relating to Perfons difqualified to 
fit in the Houfe of Commons and General Affembly, do make the following 
Report to the Houfe, viz. That by an Act of the General Affembly, pafs*d 
in the 4th Year of his prefent Majefty, Chap. L. Sec. 2. its declared, That 
every Perfon, who by Reafon of any Office, Penfion or Salary from the Crown, ' 
was, by the Laws of Great Britain, difabled to fit or vote in the Houfe of 
Commons, fhou'd in like Manner, be difabled to fit or vote in the Houfe of 
Reprefentatives here, for Reafons fuggefled in the Preamble of the faid Act - t 
and particularly, becaufe the Parliament of Great Britain had deemed it ne- 
ceffary on the like Occafions ; and therefore it became expedient for us to 
infpect the Acts of Parliament thereon ; and the rather, becaufe its agreeable 
to the Directions of the Houfe fo to do ; and in Compliance therewith, we 
have accordingly infpected thefime, and do find, that by an Act of Parliament 
pafs'd in the 4th of Ann, Chap. VIII. Sec. 26; and by another of the 6th of 
Ann,. Chap. VII. Sec. 25, and 26, fundry Officers therein fpecificd ; and 
particularly Penfioners, during Pleafure, are difqualified. That by an Act of 
the iff of George the Firft, Chap. LVI. Sec. 1. Penfioners for any Term or 
Number of Years, are difqualified ; but we do not find by the abovementioned,. 
nor any other Acts of Parliament, that the Judges of the King's Bench, or 
Common-Pleas, or Barcns of the Excchequer in England, are excluded from 
fitting in the Houfe of Commons ; but that, on the contrary, Penfioners during 
Pleafure, and for any Term or Number of Years, are excluded ; which Pen- 
fioners, by Jacob's Law Dictionary, are rendered to be a Band of Gentlemen, 
(fo called) that attend as a private Guard on the King's Perfon ; and that a 
Penfion is a yearly Payment of Money in Recompence of Service ; and by 
Chambers, its defined' to be a yearly Appointment or Sum of Money, for Service 
already pafr. 

That by the 4th Inft. Page 47, its fuggefled, that none of the Judges of the 
King's Bench, or Common-Pleas, or Barons of the Exchequer, that have judi- 
cial Places, can be chofen Knight, Citizen, or Burgefs of Parliament, as its now 
holden, becaufe they are Affiftants in the Lords Houfe : And yet you may read 
^fays the fame Authority) in the Parliament Roll, Anno. 31. H. 6. That 
Thorp, Baron of the Exchequer, was Speaker of the Parliament: But any that 
have judicial Places in the Court of Wards, Courts of Duchy, or other Courts, 
Ecclefiaftical or Civil, being no Lord of Parliament, are eligible : That all 
the Juftices of England, and Barons of the Exchequer, are Affiftants to the 
Lords, to inform them of the Common Law, and thereunto are called feverally 
by Writ. Thus far the faid Inft. above referred to, with which Jacob's 
Law Dictionary, and Lex Parliament aria, page 182, 183, in Subftance agree. 

That by Dewes' Journal of the Houfe of Lords and Commons, during the 
Reign of Queen Elizabeth, Page 67, 71, and 99, the Judges of the King's 
Bench, Common-Pleas, and Barons of the Exchequer, appear not only. to be 
Affiftants to the Lords, but were in fundry Inftances, joint Committees with 
them, until the 39th of the fame Queen ; as by Page 142, 527, doth appear - t 
and by Page 279 of faid Journal, it further appears, that the laid Queen made 
Sir Robert Bell. Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and fo his Place of Spea- 
ker became void, as fome thought, becaufe he was to be called by Writ, as a 

necefTary 



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neceffcry Attendant on the Lords, although others thought that the Chief Baron 
might be Speaker ; fo that there appears to have been a Difference in Sentiment 
upon that Head, without any determinate Refolution of the Commons at that 
Time made thereon. 

That if the Judges of the King's Bench, or Common-Pleas, or Barons of the 
Exchequer, were difabled from fitting in the Koufe of Commons, when the 
faid Acl of General Affembly of the 4th of his prefent Majeffy was pafs'd, its 
not unlikely fuch Difability might be founded upon the Common Law of Eng- 
land, or the Cuftoms or Ufage of Parliament, as reported by the faid 4th Inft. 
Jacob's Law Dictionary, and Lex Tarliameniaria, and not upon any Act of 
Parliament in force before the faid Act ; and that fuch Common Law, Cuftom 
or Ufage, might, in fome Refpedl, take Rife from the faid Judges and Barons 
ncceffary Attendance upon the Houfe of Lords; which Attendance is not only 
fuggefted by the Authorities above referred to, but is alfo further coroborated 
by the faid Dewes' Journal, wherein its evident, they were not only Affiftants to 
the Lords, but in fome Inftances joint Committees with them ; fo (hat their 
fitting in the Houfe of Commons, while they were required to perform a Duty 
in the Houfe of Lords, would have been incompatible ; and how far the like 
Incompatibility may afTedt any Perfon in Office, now a Member of the Houfe, 
together with the preceeding Report, is humbly fubmitted to their maturo 
Confederation. 

By Order of the Committee, 

oaoien 5 , 1754. Charles Read, Chairman. 

The Houfe refuming the Confideration of the Matters alledged againft Samuel 
tfevill, Efq ; being difqualified to fit in the Koufe of General Affembly, and! 
having duly considered the Report of the Committee relating to Perfons disqua- 
lified to fit in General Affembly ; and the Laws of Great Britain, and of this 
Province in fuch Cafes provided j and upon due Deliberation had thereof, the 
Quefiion was pur, Whether Mr. Neyitt do fit in the Houfe or not ? It pafled in 
the Affirmative. 

TEAS. TEAS. NATS. 

Mr. Srevttu. }.'-, AV- Ur.WclheriU, 

Mr. ftJmflu,, Mr. Pax Mr. Htlmts, 

Mr. Othart, Mr. Ladd. 

Mr. Bradbury. Mr. Clemrzt, 

Mr. Fijbtr, Mr. Hancett, 

Mr. Hoglaui, Ux. Miiltr, 

Mr. Vrclaadt, Mr. Leaming, 

Mr. FangeffOt Mr. Spictr. 

Mr. RicS, Mr. Tari. 

Mr. Sai.'i, Mr. Wddttgb, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevili do refume his Seat ra the Houfe. 

The Houfe jdjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine 0' Clock. 

Wcdnejday, Oftober 16. 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. 



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Mr. Newhold, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Act to enable the Chief Jujlice, or other Judges of the Supreme Court, to 
appoint Commiffioners in the Jeveral Counties of this Province, to take Special 
Bail, and to adminifler Oaths and Affirmations in Caufes depending in the Supreme 
Court -, and to repeal the former Ail for that Cafe provided; reported the fame 
with feveral Amendments to the Bill, and one to the Title, being now entitled, 
An AcJ to impower the Juftices of the Supreme Court of the Colony of New- 
Jerfey, to appoint Commiffioners in the feveral Counties of the fame, for 
taking Bail, and other Purpofes therein mentioned ; which Bill with the 
Amendments being read in their Places, was agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Act to impower the Juftices of the Supretse 
Court of the Colony of New- Jerfey, to appoint Commiffioners in the feveral 
Counties of the fame for taking Bail, and other Purpofts therein mentioned, 
was read, and compared j and on the Queflion : 
Refohed, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Learning do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
their Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Thurfday, Qflober 17, 1754. 
The Houfe met. 

Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed to infpect the Militia-Act, 
reported, that they had infpeacd the fame ; and do find that the faid Act is 
now in force, and will continue fo for fome Time yet to come ; and that 
they think the fame fuffkient for the Purpofes thereby intended. 

The Houfe taking the above Report into Confideration, do agree to the 
fame, Nemine Contradicente. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed to draw a Draught of an Addrefs 
to his Excellency, reported, that they had drawn the fame, and with Leave 
prefented it to the Houfe j and the fame being read, and feveral Amendments 
thereunto made, was agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M.. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Kemble, one of the Gentlemen of the Council, acquainted the Houfe, 

that the Council had paffed the Bill, entitled, An Act for naturalising Henry 

Graaf and others, without any Amendment. 

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The Bill, entitled, An fax for making current £.j 0,000, was read the fe- 
cond Time, and fundry Amendments were made to the faid Bill, and one to 
the Title; being now entitled, An Aft for making current £. 70,000, in Bills 
of Credit, for afjlfting his Majefty and the neighbouring Colonies, to difpofff the 
French from bis Majefty s Lands on or near the River Ohio ; and for providing 
a Fund for the Defence of the Frontiers of this and the neighbouring Colonies 
hereafter ; and for finking the Sum of £. i^jj 1 - 16 - 3', yet out/landing in 
Bills of Credit made current for his Majefty s Service in the late War j which 
Bill, with the Amendments made thereto, was agreed to by the Houfe. 

The Petition to his Majefty, on Behalf of the faid Bill, was alfo read the 
fecond Time, and fundry Amendments being made thereto, the fame as 
amended, was agreed to by the Houfe, and is as follows : 

To the KING'S Moft Excellent Majefty : 

The Petition of the Houfe of Reprefentatives of the Colony of Ncw-Jerfey, 

in General Aftembly met : 

Most humbly Sheweth, 

THAT Nothing but the prefling Neceffity of the Times, and the Impofii- 
bility of complying with your Majefty's late Inftructions to his Excel- 
lency our Governor, could have induced us to have given your Majefty this 
additional Trouble on the Subject of a Paper Currency. 

Sensible of the many -Bleflings we enjoy under your Majefty's benevolent 
Reign, and determined to act as becomes a grateful People, it is a Matter of no 
fmall Concern, to.be thus obliged to renew our Applications 5 but not doubting 
the Continuance of your Majefty's paternal Regard, and calling to Mind the 
gracious Reception, which the Complaints of a needy People have alwayi 
hitherto met with, We are encouraged humbly to lay before your Majefty, 
that the making the Bills of Credit intended to be emitted, no lawful Tender, 
would, as we conceive, entirely defeat their Intention ; the Nature of their 
Emiflion being fuch as requires Land or other real Security, of double and 
treble the Value, to be firft given, before they can be taken out of the re- 
fpective Loan-Offices ; and the Freeholders of this Colony, in general quite 
unacquainted with the Nature of Bank-Bills, or any Currency of that kind, 
would not, we apprehend, mortgage their Lmds for a Specie which it is 
uncertain that they can ever part with. 

As it is chiefly the Merchants of New-Tork and Philadelphia, that give 
Life to our Trade, our Money muft confequently fometimes pafs through 
their Hands, and would (we conceive) be very unlikely to give Credit to a 
Currency from us, which is fo unufual in the Colonies around us, and not 
obligatory on the Inhabitants, to be mutually taken between Man and Man in 
our own Government : For thefe and other Reafons, a Paper-Currency on the 
Footing prefcribed in your Majefty's Inftructions, we humbly conceive, would 
not be pra&icable ; and therefore have been neceilitated to have Recourfe to 
another Expedient, which, that your Majefty's Royal Intentions might be as 
nearly complied with as poffible, We have agreed upon the Draught of the 
annexed Bill, for making current Seventy Thou/and Pounds, in Bills of Credit, 
upon the Footing of thofe heretofore emitted in this Colony, faving only that 

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the whole Intereft thereof id now appropriated to your Majeitv's Ufe, exceptinc, 
the neceflary Charges attending the Emiffion, and fo much as will fink the Sum 
°f £• J 277 l ' l6 " 3*> now out ft andin g in this Colony in Bills of Credit, bein^ 
Part of what were made current for your Majsfty's Service in the late War ; 
Ten Thousand Pounds of the firft Money to be ftruck by the faid Bill, i> 
immediately to be applied as your Majefty fhall pleafe to direct, for drifting 
the neighbouring; Colonies in difpoflefling the French from your Majefty's 
Lands on the Ohio, which is afterwards to be funk as the Intereft Money from 
the remaining £. 6o,ooo, will come in ; and when thofe two Sums are funk, 
there will annually arife a confiderable Sum of Intereft Money, for yourMuje- 
fty's Ufe, fubject only to future Appropriations for the Defence of the Frontiers 
of this and the neighbouring Colonies. 

May it therefore pleafe Tour Majejly, 
In Confideration of the Premifes, and to encourage a Spirit of Induftry 
among us, to enable the Inhabitants to go on with their Improvements, and 
pay their Taxes towards the neceflary and honourable Support of the Govern- 
ment ; that your Majefty would be graciouily -pleafed to fignify your Royal 
Approbation of the Bill hereto annexed, for making current the Sum of 
JT. 70,000, and give Leave to the Governor of this Colony, to enact the fame. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Read, Mr. Miller, Mr Fifher, and Mr. Hancock, do wait upon 
the Council, with the faid Bill and Petition, and defire they will pleafe to give 
their Sentiments thereon, to his Majefty's Minifters, in fuch Manner as fhall 
be moft agreeable to them. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Miller, Mr. Fijher, and Mr. Hancock, and 
himfelf, had performed the Order of the Houfe. 

The engrofied Addrefs to his Excellency was read and compared. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, . 

That Mr. Speaker, Mr. Read, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Spicer, and Mr. Smith, 
be a Committee to correfpond with the Agent of this Colony, at the Court 
of Great Britain. 

Ordered, 
That James Parker do fend 25 of the remaining Sets of the Votes of this 
Houfe that he is ordered to. keep and flitch together, to the Treafurer of the 
Eaftern-Divifion, to be diftibruted as follows. 

To the GOVERNOR, 5 

Each of the Council, 1 

Agent, 4 

Secretary, 1 

Each of the Treafurers, 1 

To each of the Clerks of this Houfe, 1 
And that the faid Printer do fend, of the remaining 24 Sets of the Votes, 

to the Speaker, and each of the Members, one. 

r Mr. 



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Mr. Leonard mi Mr.Ogden, brought from the Council the BiU for making 

*£«£■$%. '" B '" s of Crcait ' and the Pcti,ion t0 his M *%' rtSS 

Council-Chamber, October ij, 1754. 
« The Houfe taking the Draught of the Bill and Petition, fent this Day from 
the Houie of Reprefentatives, into Confederation, are of Opinion, 

^l-!'r 1 i hatthem L ki u nSCUrrent ^7°' 000 ' ^ Bills of Credit at this Time in 
tn.s Colony, would be very agreeable to the Inhabitants in General Z w 

TTaw M b 'a he ° nl J F ra ? icable Method at this Ti ™ Wbg Money 
to affift h,s Majeftyjn defending his Territories in Amerifa, without S 

« Ta^ " °" thC Pe ° Ple ° f thlS C0l °^ in raifi "S Money by additional 

« A %j**£ We /3 r f e **£ £he Hou ^ of Reprefentatives in their Sentiments of 
Debts; as ; all Bills of Credit hitherto current in the Englijb Plantlt ^s have 
I Bu^illt SS.** W£ ar£ ° f ^ ** "^ Intent ofX 
'We mould have been glad to have found fome of the Monies of faid Bill 
which arc not appropriated for future Services for his Majefty, ha en ap- 
plied for the purchasing of Arms and Ammunition, to be in Readinefs i, Cafe 
of an Invafion, and for the Defence of this and the neighbouring Colonies 
1 Ordered, 

« JJte-JSi Le °T i '"f Mr ' °S* n > do carf y back th * faid Draught of a Bill 
and Petmon, with the above Sentiments of this Houfe concern^ the fame.; 

By Order of the Houfe, 

Thomas Bartow, D. Clk. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the faid Bill and Petition; and that two fair Come, 
of each be prepared for him alfo to fign, and tranfmit to the A^of th is Colo 
ny, to be by him laid before his Majeftv • and that t wn felr rf c ? \ 
Meffage be alfo certified by the Speaierf 'fi^SSS^SS^. f" ^ 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o' Clock. 

Friday, OcJober 18, 1754. 
The Houfe met. 

Tnl^rf gC f TA e C n°n ndl by , Mr ' °&<*. acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have paffed the Bill, entitled, An Aft to importer the Juftices of the 
Supreme Court of the Colony of New-Jerfey, to appoint CommiffionL in the I - 
veral Counties oj the fame, jor taking oj Bail, ©..without any Amendment/ 

betleen^?? f™ "t^f ^ C ;? nfideration of the P ro P ofed ™* of Union 
between the feveral Colonies , and after due Deliberation thereon are of 

d.aal to the Prerogative of the Crown, snd the Liberties of the People. 



Ordered 



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Ordered, 
That the Committee of Correfpondence, do inftrucl the Agent of this Colony 
at the Court of Great Britain, to petition the King and Parliament, againft the 
Ratification of the faid Plan, if it mou'd be laid before them for that Purpofe; 
and that the faid Committee do furniffi the faid Agent, with fuch proper Hints 
on the Occafion, as may enable him to form the faid Petition ; and do alfo 
inform him, that the Houfe will provide for the Expence attending the fame. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Dehart do wait on the Council, and defire to 
know if they have any Thing before them ; if not, that this Houfe propofes to 
apply to his Excellency for Leave to rife, as foon as they have delivered their 

Addrefs. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Debar t and himfelf, delivered the above 

Meffage to the Speaker in Council. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Saltar, in the following Words : 

Ordered, 
' That Mr. Saltar do acquaint the Affembly, that this Houfe requefh the 
1 Minutes of the Congrefs at Albany, now before that Houfe.' 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o' Clock. 

Saturday, OSlober 19. 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from "Thomas Hutchinjbn, Cornelius Winant, William Parent, 
William Pumjhere, Thomas Strongue, Benjamin Carman, and William Price, 
Priloners for Debt in Monmouth County Goal, was prefented to the Houfe, and 
read, praying Relief. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition be referred to next Seffions, to be conhdered with the 
other Petitioners from Prifoners for Debt, before referred. 

A Motion was made, and the Queftion put, Wether the Minutes of this 
Houfe, refpedting printing the Treaty at Albany, and the Plan of Union, and 
the Addrefs to his Excellency, be altered or not ? It paffed in the Affirmative. 
TEAS. YEAS. NATS. NATS. 



Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Jobnjlou, 
Mr. Nfuilly 
Mr. Debar}, 
Mr. Vrelandl, 
Mr. Riad,, 



Mr. Smith , 
Mr. Ladd. 
Mr. CI, mint, 
Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. Miller, 
Mr. Yard. 



Mr. U'ctberiil, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Bradbury. 
Mr. Fijher, 
Mr. Hogland, 
Mr. f'auge/on, 



Mr. Ne<w/>old. 
Mri Pax/ox. 
Mr. Learning, 

Mr.Spicer. 
Mr. Midingh, 



A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Saltar, in the following Words. 
Council-Chamber, October 19, 1754- 

« Ordered, 
1 That Mr. Saltar do acquaint the Houfe of Affembly, that the Council have 
* no Objedtion to the Houfe of Affembly's applying to the Governor to be 
< difmiffed.' Ordered, 



Ordered, 
That Mr. Dehart and Mr. Bradbury do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint 
him, that this Houfe has difpatched all their Bufinefs, except delivering to his 
Excellency their Addrefs, which they would be glad of an Opportunity of 
prefenting; and that he would be pleafed to pais the Bills which are ready for 
his Affent, and to difmifs the Houfe ; and to inform him, that the Council 
have acquainted this Houfe, that they have no Objections to this Application. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning nine o' Clock. 

ttf>5 U71 %0\ ttf-s V5*) l<5^ <Z?~.\&> V?5 VS>3 c<5>: <4H tj0~. ^^3 i£>} = c^j 1<5>-. U7> UT> ttfT-.i^c^t^J c^.i^t^ttf^ e^-.i^s* 

MONDAY, October 21. 1754. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Dehart reported, that Mr. Bradbury and himfelf delivered the Meffage 
of the Houfe with them intrufted, to his Excellency. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by the Secretary : 

' Gentlemen of the General Afjembly, 

r Have not figned your Bill relating to the Juftices of the Supreme Court, 
' * becaufe it militates with his Majefty's Royal Instruction, the Copy 

* whereof I have ordered to be delivered you, for your better Direction in 
' framing any Bill of the like Nature for the future. 

Perth- Ambm, 

oaober 2i, i 754 . J. BEL CHE R. 

Extracted from the Body of his Majeftfs Royal lnftructions to bis Excellency 
Jonathan Belcher, EJq; Governor of New-Jerfey. 

The iSth InJlruBion. 

'And whereas feveral LaWs have formerly been enacted for fo fhort a 
« Time, that the Affent or Refufal of our Royal Predeceflbrs could not be had 
« thereupon, before the Time for which fuch Laws were enacted did expire : 
« You (hall not for the future, give your Affent to anv Law, that fhall be 
< enaded for a lefs Time than two Years, except in the Cafes mentioned in the 

* foregoing Article ; and you fhall not re-enact any Law to which the Affent 
« of us, or of our Royal PredecelTors, has once been refufed, without exprefs 
« Leave for that Purpofe firft obtained from us, upon a full Reprefentation by 
« you to be made to us, and to our Commimoners for Trade and Plantation?, 
« of the Reafon and Neceffity for pairing fuch Law ; nor give your Affent to 

* any Law for repealing any other Aft paffed in your Government, whether 
« the fame has or has not received our Royal Approbation, unlefs you take Care 
« that there be a Claufe inferted therein, fufpending and deferring the Execution 
« thereof, until our Pleafure be known concerning the fame. 

A true Copy jr cm the Body of lis M^jeftfs Inflruttions to his Excellency 
the Governor : ' Compard by 

Cha. Read, Secry. 

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A Mcffjge from his Excellency, by his Clerk, informing the Houfe, that 
his Excellency requefts the Papers laid before the Houfe by the Secretary, this- 
Seffions ; and alfo informing the Houfe, that his Excellency is in the Council 
Chamber, ready to receive the Addrefs of the Houfe: Whereupon Mr.Speaker 
left the Chair, and with the Houfe waited on his Excellency, and delivered 
their Addref:, in the Words following. 

To His Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER, Efq-, Captain General and 
Governor in Chief, in and over his Majejly's Province of New-Jerfey, 
and Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor and Vice- 
Admiral in the fame , csV. 

The Humble Address of the Reprefentatives of faid Province, in 

General AfTembly met. 

May it pleafe your Excellency \ 

TT^E His Majefty's mod dutiful and loyal Subje&s, the Reprefentatives of 

* * the Colony of New-Jerjey, in General AfTembly met, beg Leave to 

acquaint your Excellency, that we have taken the Encroachments of the French 

(with their Indians) upon his Majefty's Territories, into our mofl ferious 

JConfideration. 

We can truly fay, we want not Arguments, to. cpnvince us of the abfolute 
Neceffity of the ftridteft Union among all his Majefty's Provinces and Colonies, 
for the Prcfervation of the Whole ; and on our Part, have endeavoured to 
cultivate fuch an Union, by contributing our Endeavours in the beft Manner 
the Circumftances of this Colony will admit. Your Excellency muft be fen- 
fible, that the Scarcity of a Currency- in this Colony, at this Time, makes it 
very difficult for the Inhabitants to exert themfelves as fully as the Exigency of 
the Times feems to require : And, therefore, we cannot doubt, but the Meafures 
we have fallen upon, not only to give a handfom Sum to the King's Ufe at 
prefent, but to provide a Fund to do it hereafter, in Cafe of a like Neceffity, 
will prove agreeable to your Excellency, and all concern'd. . 

We have duly confidered the Militia-Act now in Force, and are of Opinion, 
it will fufficiently anfwer the Purpofes intended by it. 

We have alfo taken into Confideration, the Plan for the Union of the Britijh 
Colonies on the Continent of America, as agreed on in the late Congrefs at 
Albany ; and are forry to fay, that we find Things in it, which, if carried 
into Practice, would affect our Conftitution in its very Vitals ; and for that 
Reafon, we hope and believe, they will never be countenanced by a Britijh 
Legiflature. 

We 



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We thank your Excellency for the Care and Concern you have fhewn in the 
feveral Matters recommended to us ; and we hope, the Unanimity and Difpatch 
with which they have feverally been treated in this Houfe, will recommend our 
Determinations, and be agreeable to your Excellency. 

By Order of the General Affembly^ 

Several of the Members being 
of the People called $u a kvsj ROBERT LAWRENCE, 

agree to the Subftance of thiiS- n, „y a -.' 

Addrefs, with their ufual Ex A dpea/ter. 

ception to the Stile. ~^ 

And then his Excellency was pleafed to pafs the Bill for naturalizing Henry 
Graaf and others ; and then tq prorogue the Houfe to the 22d Day of 
November next. 




r>Y Virtue of an Order of the General Aifembly, 
I do appoint "James, Tarker of Woodbridge^ to 
print thefe Votes. 



ROBERT LAWRENCE, 

Speaker. 



Wood bridge : Printed according to the above. Order : 1754. 




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VOTES 



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PROCEEDINGS 



O F T H E 



GENERAL ASSEMBLY 



O F T H E 



Province of N E TF-JE RSET. 



At a SESSIONS begun and holden at Elizabeth -Town, 

February 24, 1755. 




Woodbridge, in New-Jersey : 
Printed by James Parker, by Order of the General AlTembiy, 1755. 



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VOTES 

OF THE 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 

Elizabeth-Town, MO N DAT, February 24. 1755. 

PURSUANT to His Excellency's feveral Prorogations of the General Affembly 
from time to time, until this Day, the Koufe met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Debart do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him, 
that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed on Bufinefs, are met, and are ready 
to receive any Thing he mall pleafe to lay before them. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Debart and himfelf had waited on his Excellency with 
the above Meflage, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe mould hear from him in the 
Afternoon. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

His Excellency informed the Houfe by a Meffenger, that his Indifpofition of Health 
obliges him to defer fending for the Houfe till To-morrow. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Tuefday, February 25. 1755. 

The Houfe met. 
Refolved, 
That Nathaniel Davis be Door-Keeper of this Houfe. 

A Meflage from his Excellency, by the Deputy Secretary ; 

Mr. Speaker, His Excellency requires this Attendance of the Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait on his 
Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that 
the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to make a Speech to the 
Council and Houfe of Affembly •, of which Mr. Speaker faid he had, to prevent 
Miftakes, obtained a Copy ; which was ordered to be read ; and it was read accordingly, 
and is as follows : 

c Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Afembly, 

• VTOTHING lcfs than his Majefty's Commands, in a Letter I have 
1 1^1 received from Sit Thomas Robinfon, (iince our laft Sitting) one of his 
« Majefty's principal Secretaries of State, dated IVhitehall, OcJcber 26, 1754, 
' could have prevail'd upon me, to iummon you to meet me at this Time, 

* confidering the Seafon, and the Difficulty of the Roads. 

• Nor cou'd any Thing but the weak State of my Health, prevented my 
'■ meeting you at Burlington or Perth- Amboy. 

a « Thar 



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• That you may have the clearefl View of his Majefly's paternal Care and 
c Goodnefs, for the Safety and Welfare of this Province, (as well as of thofe 
' of our Neighbours) I fhall order the Letter above-mentioned to be laid be- 
' fore you; and therein you will find his Majefty particularly expedb from 
' you, and that without any Delay, -viz. 

" That you fhou'd carefully provide a fufficient Quantity of frefh Victuals 
" at the Expence of your Government, to be ready for theUfe of the Troops 
" at their Arrival. 

" That you fhou'd likewifc furnifh the Officers, who may have Occafion 
<c to go from Place to Place, with all NeceiTaries for Travelling by Land. 

" And that there be Care taken for quartering the Troops, providing all 
" NeceiTaries for fuch Forces as (hall arrive or be raifed within your Govern- 
" ment ; and, that his Majefty will expect, that the Charge thereof be de- 
" fray'd by his Subjects belonging to the fame. 

" And as to other Articles, you will ufe your utmoft Endeavours, to induce 
" the AfTembly of your Province, to raife forthwith, as large a Sum as can 
" be afforded ; as their Contribution to this common Fund, to be employ 'd 
" provifionally, for the Service of North- America ; particularly, for paying 
" the Charge of levying the Troops, to make up the Compliment of the 
" Regiments." 

c The Arrival of his Majefly's General and Commander in Chief of the 
' Forces now rais'd and raifing, is daily expected, together with the Regi- 
' ments from Ireland, and from New-England, at Virginia, for immediately 
c profccuting from thence his Majefty's Royal Orders, in the prefent Exi- 
c gency of Affairs. 

• Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

' Having laid thefe Things before you, and that moft of the neighbouring 
' Governments have raifed proportionable Sums, for aiding and affifting, in 
' the prefent Expedition, againft the French and Indians: I fhall not doubt 
1 your now raifing fuch a Sum of Money, as his Majefty may juftly and rea- 
' fonably expect from you, and to be done with the greateft Difpatch, as be- 
' ing what you will fee, the Nature of the Cafe abfolutely requires. 

' As the Lives, Liberties, civil and religious, and the Properties of the Peo- 

* pie of this Province, arc greatly in Danger at this critical Conjuncture, I have 

* Reafon to believe, that your chearfully falling into your Duty to the King, 
e for the Safety of his'Subjects here, will be very acceptable to your Confti- 

* tuents. 

' Notwithftanding the Anfwer you gave me the laft Seffion refpe&ing the 
' Militia Ad, yet I mull fubjoin to the afore-going Article, that I think it 
■ abfolutely neceflary, for the King's Service, and for the Safety of the good 
' People of the Province, that the Militia Ad: be well reviled and bettered, 

* by railing the Fines for Non-appearances of the private Men ; for, upon the 

< general Muflcr (which I lately order'd) the Officers have made Complaints 

' to me, that the Fines are fo low, as that confiderable Numbers will not ai- 

« tend their Duty ; as alfo, that the Muflers by Law being fo feldom, the 

' Men are very ignorant in the Exercife of Arms, fo that the yearly Mufter 

' oueht to be at leafl doubled. 

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' _ And '« wo ": dbe well to enquire, whether the AS may not alfo be made 
better for obh g ,ng ; he Officers of the feveral Regiments? t o the more ft ,ft 
Compliance with their Duty. 

« As the Militia of the Province, is (under God) the only Defence we can 
make upon an Attack from the Enemy: I think this Article is of ^reat Im- 
portancc to the Quiet and Safety of the Province, and to be taken (without 
Delay) into your molt mature Deliberation. 

'Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Ajfembly, 
< After your having fully gone through thefe Affairs, if you have any Thin- 
■ I ri^l 1 rT' h f Majefty ' S ServiGC ' and the Benefit of the Province* 

• IsmL^fJ l ° r' ° 1 ' ° therWife S ive y° u a Recefs > tofuch Time 

as may be mofi convenient for your meeting again.' 

Elizabeth-Town. --. -r%,-«-r ^-^~^ — 

^w >25 ; 1755 . J. BELCHER. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from a Number of the Freeholders, Inhabitants of the County of Sulfa 
was prefented to the Houfe, letting forth the Hoftile Proceedings of the French upon 
his Majefty's Territories in America, in open Violation of the Treaties of Peace fubfiffine 
between che Crown of Great Britain and the French King ; praying the Houfe to paS 
fuch Bill or Bills as may be necelTary, (in Proportion with the other Colonics) to affift 
his Majefty, in driving the French from their Fortifications at the Ohio, and in the 
Defence of our Frontiers •, which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

His Excellency, by his Clerk, laid before the Houfe, the Letter of Sir Thomas Robinfon 
one of his Majefty s principal Secretaries of State, referred to in his Speech. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
A Petition dijoleph Benny, a Prifoner in Scmerfet Goal, was prefented to the Houfe 
praying them to obtain for him a Hearing before his Excellency in Council relating 5 
the Affair or John Riddle, late Sheriff of Scmerfet County ; which was read Anion 
the Queftion whether the faid Petition have a fecond Reading, or any other Bufineft 
be proceeded on at this Place, excepting the Matters recommended in his Excellency'* 
Speech •, as the Aflembiy, by the Conftitution of this Colony, are to fit alternately ar 
Perth-Amboj and Burlington ? It palled in the Negative, Nemine Contradicente. 

of "e whol= le H C o y ufe; SpeeCh ™ "^ *' f£C ° nd TimC ' ^ Commicted to a Committee 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe to 

confute- his Excellency's Speech, and the Letter of Sir Thomas Robinfon, therein 

H ru- rT V m£ fpent therein ' Mr - S P eaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. 

MeviU Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had gone through 
his Excellency s Speech and had come to feveral Refolutions } which he is directed to 
report, when the Houfe will receive the fame. 
Ordered, 
That the Report be made immediately. 

£olWs^£ 0n ^ NeViU P roceedcd t0 "P°" the Refolutions of the Committee, as 

i/, Refolved, 

vZtu a ^ Umb l e ^ ddre r f ' be , P refente d to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his favourable 
speech : To which the Houfe agreed. 

id, . 



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id, Refolved, 
That if any of his Majefty's Regular Forces, with their Baggage, fhould have Occafion 
to maich through this Province, Provifion fhou'd be made for their Subfiftencc, during 
their faid March, and Carriages provided for their faid Baggage ; and on the Qyeftion, 
Whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not ? It paffed in the Affirmative. 

YEAS. YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Fijhtr, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Jabrfion, Mr. Hogland, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Spictr. 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Vrtlandt, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Wcthcrill, Mr. Vangcfon, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Read, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. Dehart, Mr. Smith, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Ne-wbold, Mr. Middagb, 

7,i, Refohed, 
That a Sum not exceeding £. 500, be applied for the above Purpofes : And on 
the Queftion, it pafs'd as follows, 

For £. 500, For £. 500, For £. iooo, For Nothing, 

Mr. // etberill, Mr. Pax/on, Ml- Stevens, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Io<^, Mr. Jobnfton, Mr. S/»"«r, 

Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Clement, Mr. Nevill, 

Ml. Fi/ber, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Dehart, 

Mr. Hog/and, Mr. Jlf/V/w, Mr. Vrelandt, 

VAx.Viugefm, Mr. Kard, Mr. Read, 

Mr. Sot;/£, Mr. Middagb. 
Mr. Netxbold, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. S«m7v&, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Newbold, Mr. Af»7/«", and Mr. 2W, be a 
Committee to prepare a Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency, 

Ordered, 

That Mr. iNfrwV/, Mr, Read, Mr. Wetberill, and Mr. Z,a<W, be a Committee to 
prepare and bring in a Bill, for making Provifion for the Subfiftence of his Majcfty's 
Forces, during their March through this Colony -, and for providing Carriages for 
tranfporting their Baggage. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Aft for making Provifion for the Subfiftence of his Majefty's Forces, during 
their March through this Colony, and for providing Carriages for tranfporting their 
Baggage ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o* Clock. 

Wednefday, February 26. 1755. 

The Houfe met. 
The Bill, entitled, An Aft for making Provifion for the Subfiftence of his Majefty's 
Forces, during their March through this Colony, and for providing Carriages for tran- 
fporting their Baggage, was read the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of 

"the whole Houfe. , 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Home, on the 
Bill, for providing Subfiftence for his Majefty's Forces during their March through this 
Colony, tifr. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker renamed the Chair, and 
Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had gone 
through the faid Bill, and had made feveral Amendments thereto ; which he is direfted 
to report, when the Houfe will receive the fame. 
Ordered, 
Tbat the Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Hancock proceeded to report the fame : Which faid Bill with the 
Amendments being read in their Places, was agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Bill as amended be engroflcd. 

Mr. 



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Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed to draw a Draught of an Addrefs to his 
Excellency, reported, that they had drawn the fame; and with Leave prefented it to the 
Houfe •, which was read, and feveral Amendments being thereunto made, was agreed to 
by the Houfe, and ordered to be engroiTed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
The engrofifed Bill, entitled, An Acl for making Provifion for the Subjijience of bis 
Majejiy's Forces, during their march through this Colony, and for providing Carriages 
for tranfporting their Baggage, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion ; 
Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Stevens do cany the faid Bill to the Council, for their 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the Danger that may arife from the fending 
Provifions to the French Ports and Colonies ; are of Opinion, its ablolutely neceffary 
at this Time to pafs a Law for the preventing the fame. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Smith, Mr. John/ion, and Mr. Learning, be a 
Committee to bring in a Bill, to prohibit the Exporting every Sort of Provifions, naval 
and warlike Stores and Implements, to any of the Ports or Settlements in Pofieflion of 
the French King, or delivering any fuch tohisSubjeits. 

A MefTige from his Excellency, by his Clerk, at follows : 

' Gentlemen eft, be General AJ/embly, 

c O INCE the Opening of" this Seffion, I have received the Following Let* 

' ^ ters from Mr. Shirley, Governor of his Majefty's Province of the Maf- 

* facbufets Bay, in Neiv-England, dated February 7, 1755 ; and another from 
« Mr. He Lancey, Lieutenant Governor of his Maiefiy's Province of New- 
c York, dated Neio-Tork, February 22, 1755 ; both of them inclofing 
« the feveral Adts of thofe Provinces, for prohibiting the Exportation of Pro- 
« virions, &c. to any of the French Colonies in America, in this Time of 
' imminent Danger from the French ; and which, I think, are fo prudent and 
c reafonabie, that I have no Doubt of your readily falling into an AcT: of the 

* fame Nature. 

1 And further, I hope you will, by an Addition to the Militia Acl, enable 
1 me to fend a good Number of Men to Neiv-Tork, for their Affiftance and 

* Relief, in Cafe they fhould be attack'd by the French j who, if they fhou'd 
' fucceed, will ibon make a Prey of this Neighbouring Province.' 

ElizMbeth-Tovjn, T "D^T^rr^n 

February 26, 1755. J' DtLLfiUK. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
intruded to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An A ft to prevent the Exportation of Provifions, naval or warlike Stores from 
the Colony of New-Jerfey, to Cape-Breton, or to any other the Dominions fettled by the 
Subjefts of the French King ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

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Thurfday, February 27, 1755. 
The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to prevent the Exportation of Provifions, naval or warlike 
Stores from the Colony of New-Jerfey, to Cape Breton, or to any other the Dominions 
fettled by jthe Subjetls of the French King, was read the fecond Time, and committed 
to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on the 
aforementioned Bill : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, 
and Mr. Hancock from faid Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome 
Pi ogrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again .• To which 
the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met, and again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on. 
the Bill to prevent the Exportation of Provifions, naval or warlike Stores, &c. After 
fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman 
of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and 
made feveral Amendments thereto ; which he is direfted to report, when the Houfe 
will receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Hancock proceeded to report the fame ; which faid Bill, with the 
Amendments, being read in their Places, was agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engroffed. 

Three Petitions were prefented to the Houfe ; one from the Prifoners of Middlefex y 
one from Gerardus Drake, and one from John Bruen, jun. both Prifoners in Newark •, 
all praying, for the Reafons therein fet forth, to be difcharged from their Confinements ; 
which were refpeftively read, and referred to further Confideration. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Johnjlon and Mr. Holmes, do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him, 
that this Houfe having taken the important Matters recommended in his Excellency's 
Meffage of the 26th Initant, into their moft ferious Confideration, are of Opinion, that 
if the City of New-Tork fhould be attack'd by the French ; his Excellency may, by a 
k-o-al Conftruftion of the Militia- Aft now in being, fend a good Number of Men for 
their Alfiftance and Relief, not only from the Words of the Aft, but from the Reafon 
of the Thing ; it being certain, that if fuch an Invafion fhould iucceed, it muft greatly 
affeft the Inhabitants of this Province, who are therefore in feveral Parts as aftually 
interefted in oppofing fuch an Invafion, as if it was attempted on fome Parts of this 
Province. And that as to the Article relating to the Prohibiting of Provifions, &c. 
this Houfe had before they received his Excellency's Meffage, gone into the neceffary 
Meafurcs for making an effeftual Bill for the Purpofes recommended •, which with the 
other Bill that we have paffed this Seffion, we hope, may receive his Excellency's 
Affent, when laid before him. 

Mr. John/Ion reported, that Mr. Holmes and himfelf delivered the Meffage with 
them intrufted to his Excellency. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Friday, February 28, 1755. 
The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft to prevent the Exportation of Provifions, na 
or warlike Stores, from the Colony of New-Jerfey, to Cape-Breton, or to any other the 
Dominions fettled by the Subjects of the French King, was read, and compared ; and on 
the Queftion •, Refolved, 



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Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr, Read and Mr. Miller, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for their 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Miller and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
intrufted to the Speaker in Council. 

Several of the Committee of Correfpondence laid before the Houfe, Copies of 
Letters they had wrote to the Agent, reflecting the Plan of Union propofed in the 
late Congrefs at Albany, and other Matters ; which were read : 

And the Houfe confidering the pernicious Effects the faid Plan, or any other of the 
like Tenor, may confequcntially have upon the Prerogatives of the Crown, and the 
Liberties of the Subject, and the abfolute Neceflity of its being oppofed in the moft 
effectual Manner ; do order the faid Correfpondents to write to the Agent, by the firft 
Conveyance, and fuggeft to him fuch additional Reafons, and Methods to be followed, 
as will beft anfwer the Purpofcs intended. 
Ordered, 

That the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq-, and Mr. Fi/ber, Mr. Learning, Mr. Spicer, 
and Mr. Tard, be a Committee to draw up the Form of a Petition to his Majefty, 
humbly to implore his Protection ; and that he will be gracioufly pleafed, to preferve 
our prefcnt happy Conftitution, againft this or any other Scheme, that may have a 
Tendency towards weakening the fame •, and that they have the laid Petition ready to 
be laid before this Houfe at our next Meeting;. 
Refolved, 

That whatever neceffary Expence our Agent may be put to, in giving Oppofition to 
the laid Plan, or any other of a fimilar Nature, this Houfe will chearfully prdvide for 
defraying the fime. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning, Nine o' Clock. 

Saturday, MARCH I. 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Kemble, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have made fome Amendments to the Bill, entitled, An Aft to prevent the 
Exportation of Provifions, naval or warlike Stores, from the Colony of New-Jerfey, to 
Cape-Breton, or to any other the Dominions fettled by the Subjecls of the French King ; 
to which they defire the Concurrence of this Houfe ; and he delivered the fame to Mr. 
Speaker. 

Alfo acquainting the Houfe, that the Council have paffed the Bill, entitled, An Aft 
for making Provijion for the Subjiflence of his Majefty' s Forces during their March 
through this Colony, &c. without any Amendments. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the Council's Amendments to the Bill for 
preventing the Exportation of Provifions, &c. and the Amendments were read in their 
Places •, and on the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not ? it paffed in 
the Affirmative. , 

Ordered, 

That the faid Bill, with the Amendments, be re-engrofied. 

The engroffed Addrefs to his Excellency, was read and compared. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith and Mr. Fijher, do wait on his Excellency, and defire to know, 
when he will be waited on by the Houfe with their Addrefs, 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Fijher and himfelf delivered the Meffage with them 
entrufted, to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would receive the Addrefs of 
the Houfe Monday Morning next, at Eleven o'Clock. 

Mr. Vangefon had Leave to be abfent on extraordinary Occafions. 

Mr. Newbold and Mr. Paxfon had Leave to be abfent on extraordinary Occafion. 

Mr. Hancock had Leave to be abfent on extraordinary Occafion. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill re-engroffed with the Council's Amendments, entitled, An Act te prevent 
the Exportation of Proviftons, naval or warlike Stores, from the Colony of New-Jerfey, 
to Cape Breton, or to any other the Dominions fettled by the Subjeils of the French King, 
was read and compared ; and on the Queftion : 
Refolved, Nemine Contradicente, 

That the laid Bill as re-engrolTed do pafs. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Dehart and Mr. Learning do carry the faid Bill to the Council, and inform 
them thereof. 

Mr. Dehart reported, that Mr. Learning and himfelf delivered the faid Bill and 
MeiTage to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o' Clock. 

MO N DAT, March 3. 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Fijher and Mr. Yard do publifh the Act paffed this Seffion, for prohibiting 
Goods and naval Stores from being carried to the French (if the fame mould be paffed 
by his Excellency) in the molt effectual Manner. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk. 

« Gentlemen of the General Jffembty, 

* T~)Y the Petition and Affidavits I fend you herewith, you will find, that 
' J "^ in the Month of February laft, a great Riot* was committed in the 
'County of Hunterdon, by feveral Perfons, (chiefly Foreigners,) living in 

* that County, and ufing many Threats againft many of his Majefty's liege 
« Subjects ; and diverfe of them gathering together, to oppofe the Officers of 

* this Government, and declaring, that they could at any Time raife fome 
1 Hundreds cf Men to their Afliftance, to perpetrate their wicked Purpofes. 
1 Gentlemen, thofe audacious Attempts (at this Time of Danger from abroad) 

* to oppofe the Powers of Government, and efpecially by Foreigners among 
' us, ought, I think, to engage every Branch of the Legiflatuie, to ule their 
' beft Efforts, without Delay, to put a Check to every Thing that may in 

* the leaft difturb the general Peace of the Province, among curfelves ; 
■ which I hope you will take into your ferious Confideration, and in Con- 
1 currence with the other Parts of t the Legiflative Power, fall on fuch 

• Method* 



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' Methods as may be effectual, to bring thofe Riotors to receive Punifhment 
' adequate to their Crimes, Co that others may fear committing the like 
' Offence* for the future. 

Council-Chamlir, . <V" J^plrUay 

Elix-Tmm, March 3, 1755. J* J->KltrJCr. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Learning, do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him, 
in Anfwer to his Meffage of this Day, that the Houfe have come into the following 
Refolves ; which we hope will put thofe infatuated People upon confidering the Con- 
fluence of cheir Actions, and be effectual to difcourage fuch illegal Meafures for the 
future. 

Prfohed, Nemine Ccntradicente, 
That it is with the* utmoft Concern this Houfe receive the Information of any new 
Troubles and Difturbances in this Colony, and have the greateft Deteftation of the 
Practices of fuch Perfons, who ftand in Oppofition to the eftablilhed Methods of 
fubmitting the Decifion of Property to Trials at Law. 

-X. Refohed, Nemirte Contradicente, 

*$% ^ That every Perfon who fhall oppofe the Officers of the Government in the due 
^j Execution of the Laws of the Land, is an Enemy to the Colony. 

\ Refohed, Nemine Contradicente, 

\ That when this Houfe is fatisfied, that the Power of the Government proves 

N ineffectual for the fuppreffing Riots and Diforders, that it will be the Duty of the 

^ Legiflature to fupport the Government, and the Adminiftration of the Laws. 
Refohed, Nemine Contradicente, 
^ That as it appears in Proof before the Houfe, that thefe Difturbances are chiefly 

- V owing to High Germans -, that it is expedient, that a Number of thefe Refolves, and 
T of fuch Proclamations as his Excellency fhall think proper to iffue, be tranflated into 
a the German Language, and be difperfed among the Settlers on the Society's Traift, in 
Hunterdon, that no Perfori may plead Ignorance thereof. 



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Ordered, 

That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Johnfton do wait upon the Council, and defire to know, 
if they have any further Bufinefs to lay before this Houfe ; and acquaint them, that if 
they have not, we propofe to defire his Excellency to difmifs us. 

Mr. Stevens reported, thst Mr. Jchnflon and himfelf delivered the above Meffage 
to the Council, who faid, they had Nothing further to lay before this Houfe. 

The Houfe adjowrn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Ltaming reported, that 7Ar.Read and himfelf delivered the Meffage with them 
entrufted, to his Excellency. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, acquainting the Houfe, that his Excellency is in the 
Council-Chamber r?ady to receive the Addrefs of the Houfe. 

Whereupon Mr. Sper.ker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait on his 
Excellency •, and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that 
the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, and delivered their Addrefs, in the following 

Words. 

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To His Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER, Efq; Captain General 
and Governor in Chief, in and over his Majefty's Province of New- 
Jerfey, and Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor and 
Vice-Admiral in the fame, &c. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Rcprefentatives of faid Province, in 
General Affembly met. 

May it pleafe Your Excellency, 

J/J/fE his Majeftys mofl dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentativcs cf the 
*" Colony of New-Jerfey, in General Affembly met, having taken the Matters 
recommended in your Excellency's Speech into Consideration, are fully convinced of 
the Neceffity your Excellency was under, of convening us together at this Time, thd 
the Inclemency of the Seafon, and other Difficulties, has made it a Tajk that we 
fioud chofe to have avoided, if it coud have been done without Prejudice to the Ser- 
vice recommended in Sir Thomas Robinfon'j Letter. 

That Part in particular, which fe cms to require the providing of Carriages and 
Necejfariesfor fuch Forces as fall arrive within this Government, appearing to us 
of immediate Neceffiiy, we have pajfed a Bill, for providing a Sum, which, by the 
Calculation we have made, will be Jully fuficicnt for the Subjijlence of fuch of his 
Majeftys regular Forces, with their Baggage, and the necefary Carriages, as can 
be expected to pafs through this Province, whilft on their March through the fame. 

With Regard to the other Particulars mentioned in Sir Thomas Robinfon'j 
Letter, it is known to your Excellency, that at the late Sitting in October laft, at 
Perth Amboy, a Bill was agreed en by this Houfe, for providing the Sum of 
Ten Thoufand Pounds, for his Majeftys Ufe, on that Occajion, which could not be 
known in England at the Time of writing the faid Letter, it being dated in the fame 
Month; and as the faid Bill was, very foon after the faid SeJJions ended, tranfmit- 
tedfor his Majeftys Royal Approbation, we are not without Hopes, it has had the 
deftred Succefs before this Time ; and thai we fall foon be thereby able to anfwer 
ourjull Proportion of the Money that will be necefary on the pref?it Exigency. This, 
with the Unanimity and Dijpatch with which it was accompanied, we hope, will be 
a prevailing Reafon with your Excellency, to believe our Intentions hearty in the 
Service ; And that, while we are waiting a Jew Weeks for the nccejfary Means, to 
make cur Endeavours the more effectual, we fall not be tho't to have any latent 
Referves, inconfifteht with the Defgn. 

The Militia Bill, was, at the laft Sitting, on your Excellency s Recommendation, 

fully confidcrcd, and thought by the Houfe, fufficient to anfwer the Dc/igns intended 

by it ; but as your Excellency was pleafed to recommend it to us again , we have now 

rc-confderd the fame, and are fill of Opinion, it is fufficient to anfi iat is 

propoj'cd by it. 

Having gone through the Affairs your Excellency has recommended, and fuch 
other Matters as we ejlcetned of immediate Importance, we know of Nothing elfe 
fufficient to detain us at this Time. 

Our Meeting at this Place, contrary to the eftablifed Practice of the Govern- 
ment, is fuch an Infringement on our Rights, 'that Nothing but your Excellency's 
declining State of Health, and the Necejjity of the Bujincfs we have done, can 

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juflify us to our Conflituents, for attempting, by any AEl of curs, to alter aCuJlom, 
that our Anceflors have thought ncccfjary to ejlablijh, as one of the Fundamentals 
cf this Government. 

Affembly-Chamber, March i, 1755; 
Several of the Members being of the} By Order of the General Affembh, 

People called 2>uski rs, agree to thef y -" J 

Subftance of this Addrefc, with theirs R.OBERT LAWRENCE, 

ofeal Exception to the Stile. ) 

Speaker. 

\ 

And then his Excellency was pleafed to give his Affent to the following Bills, 
enacting the fame, viz. 

1. An Act to prevent the Exportation of Provi/ions, naval or warlike Stores, from 
the Colony of New-Jerfey, to Cape -Breton, or to any other the Dominions fettled by the 
Subjects of the French King. 

2. An Act for making Provijion for the Suljiftence of his Majefty's Forces, during 
their March through this Colony, and for providing Carriages for iranfporting their 
Baggage. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Debar t do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him, 
that the Houfe have gone through the Bufinefs before them, and defire, that he will 
pleafe to put an End to this Seffion. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Dehart and himfelf delivered the above Meffage to 
his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, that the Houfe mould hear from him imme- 
diately. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary ; 

Mr. Speaker, it is his Excellency's Pleafure, that the Houfe adjourn themfelves to the 
fixteenth Day of April next, to meet at Perth-Amboy. 

The Houfe accordingly adjourn'd to the fixteenth Day of April next, to meet at 
Perth-Amboy. 



jyr Virtue of an Order of the General Affembly, 
*-* I do appoint James Parker, of Woodbridge, 
to print thefe Votes. 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, 

Speaker. 



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VOTES 



AND 



PROCEEDINGS 



O F T H E 



GENERAL ASSEMBLY 



OF THE 



Province of New- Jersey 



At a SESSIONS began and helden at ELIZABETH-TOWN, 

April 7, 1755, 




WOODBRIDGE, in NEW-JERSET: 
Printed by James Parker, agreeable to an Order of the General Aflembly 

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VOTES 

O F T H E 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 



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Elizabeth-Town, Monday, April 7, 1755. 

U R S U A N T to his Excellency's Prorogation of the General Affembly 
of the Province of New-Jerfey, to this Day, the Houfe met. 



Ordered, 

That Mr. Dehart and Mr. Hcgland, do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint 
him, that a fumcient Number of Members to proceed upon Bufinefs are met, 
and are ready to receive any Thing he fhall pleafe to lay before them. 

Mr. Dehart reported, that Mr. Hogland and himfelf had waited on his Ex- 
cellency with the above MefTage, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhou'd 
hear from him To-morrow Morning. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning nine o'Clock. 

Tuefday, Aprils, 17 55. 
The Houfe met. 
A MefTage from his Excellency by his Clerk-, in the following Words. 

Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

' A S the Matters I have to communicate to you for his Majefly's Service, 
e J~\^ ar) d the Good of this Colony, are of fuch a Nature as require the 

• utmofl Secrecy ; and as the Branches of the Legiflature in all the Go- 
■ vernments to the Eaftward, have given folemn AfTurance of their keeping 
' the intended Operations as a Secret, I have Reafon to hope your Houfe 
' will readily come under fuch a Qualification ; his Majefly's Council have 
' already taken an Oath to the following Effect : That they will keep Secret all 
' fuch Matters relating to the intended Operations oj his Majeftys Forces in Ame- 

* rica, asjhall be communicated to them as a Secret, until the 1 §th Day of May 
1 next, or until the fame Jhall be made public in the Gazettes, or by publick Autho- 
' rity -, and hope your Houfe will have no Objection to giving the fame Af- 
' furance/ 

Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, T T> T7» T /"> T_J T7 T> 

April 8, 1755. J' JDE^V-'rliLK. 

The Houfe taking his Excellency's MefTage into Consideration, and a De- 
bate arifing thereon, the Queftion was put, Whether the Houfe will take the 
Qualifications mentioned in his Excellency's MefTage, or not ? It pafTed in the 
Negative. NayU 



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Nays. 




Nays. 


ifr. 


Wethcrill, 


Mr. 


Newbold, 


Mr. 


Holmes, 


Mr. 


Paxfon, 


Mr. 


Bradbury, 


Mr. 


Hancock, 


Mr. 


Fifher, 


Mr. 


Miller, 


Mr. 


Holland, 


Mr. 


Learning, 


Mr. 


Read, 






Mr. 


Smith, 







Teas'. 

Mr. Stevens. 
Mr. Johnfton, 
Mr. Nevill, 
Mr. Dehnrt, 
Mr. Vrelandt, 
Mr. Vangefon, 
Mr. Yard, 
Mr, Middagh. 
Refohed, 
That if any of the Members of this Houfe fhall be guilty of divulging the 
Secrets mentioned in his Excellency's Meffage, before the Time to which it 
is limited expires in the Manner there mentioned, fhall be immediately called 
to an Account before the Houfe, and if convi&ed, fhall be fubjedl to the 
fevereft Cenfure of this Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Smith do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him, 
that this Houfe is juftly fenfiblc of the great Necelhty of keeping the Ope- 
rations of his Maiefty's Forces a Secret ; and affnre his Excellency, that our 
hearty and fincere Duty to his Majefly, and ardent Defire for the Profperity 
of the Royal Forces, in all fuch Meafures as his Majefly or his Minifters fhall 
undertake for the Well-being of his Government, will induce every Member 
of this Houfe, to preferve what his Excellency fhall pleafe to communicate on 
thefe important Occafions a Secret, agreeable to the Subftance of the Council's 
Oath, and have come to a Refolution, that any of the Members of this Houfe, 
who ilia 11 be convicted of divulging thefe Matters, fhall be fubject to the feve- 
reft Cenfure of the Houfe ; and hope his Excellency will be fatisfied with this 
Declaration of the Floufe on this Head. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Smith and himfelf, delivered the Meffage of 
the Houfe with them intruded to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, it 
was a very acceptable Anfwer to his Meffage. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary ; 

Mr. Speaker, his Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the Atten- 
dance, of the Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to 
make a Speech to the Council and Floufe of Affembly, of which Mr. Speaker 
faid he had (to prevent Miftakes) obtained a Copy, which was order'd to be 
read in the Afternoon. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Clerk cf this Houfe was duly fworn before the Honourable Samuel 
NeviJk Efq; to keep fecret all Debates of the Houfe, refpedting the propofed 
flan of Operation referred to in his Excellency's Meffage; and not to di- 
vulge any Matter relating to faid Plan, that fhou'd be laid before the Houfe, 

until 



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until the Time limited in the Oath mentioned in Taid Meffage; and alfo, not 
to publifh or deliver any Votes or Proceedings of the Houle to any Perfon 
except his Excellency. 

After which the Door-keeper was likewife duly fworn, to ufe his utmoft 
Endeavour, to keep all Perfons from hearing any of the Debates of the Houfej 
and not to divulge any that he might happen to hear by Accident. 

According to the Order of the Day, his Excellency's Speech was read, and 
is as follows, viz. 

Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General AjfemMy, 

* QlNCE our laft Meeting, I fuppofe you have an Account from your 

• ^ Agent, of the Receipt of your Petition to the King, with the Bill which 
■ accompanied it ; in which I don't find by my Letters to 1 8th of January 
' paft, any Progrefs had been made ; fo that waiting for the Iffue of that Mat- 

* ter before you fall into your Duty to his Majefly, and into a tender Caie of 
' the People you reprefent, may prove fatal, fo far as your juft and proportio- 
1 nable Aid and Affiftance might contribute to the Succefs of the warlike 
' Operations now going forward ; on which Occafion, I heartily congratulate 
*■ you on the happy Arrival of the Honourable General Braddock, with the 
' King's Ships and Forces, at Virginia. 

1 And by the lateft Advices, we may be foon expecting another Squadron 
' of the King's Ships, and alfo a large Squadron of French Men of War, and 
' with a great Body of Land-Forces ; fo that tne Supplies neceffary to be 
e made in thefe Affairs, you may fee will admit of no Delay. 

' Becaufe I cannot fo well defcribe to you, his Majefty's quick and juft Re- 
' gard to the Honour and Dignity of his Britijh Diadem, as well as his ten- 

• der Care of his People in thefe Parts of his Dominions j I now communi- 
' cate to you, a Letter I have lately receiv'd from the Right Honourable the 
e Earl of Halifax, firfl Lord Commiffioner for Trade and Plantations, which 
' fets his Majefty's tender Care of his Subjects, in a juft and engaging Light ; 
' and yet, after all, you will find, that noble Lord fays,—" The Means of their 
' future Security are now open to them, and cannot fail of Succefs, if they 
' (hall be back'd by fuch Vigour, Unanimity and Diipatch, as is incumbent on 
' his Majefty's Colonies to exert on fo important an Occafion ; for without 
' thefe, what has been done by his Majefty, may prove very inadequate to 
« the Services intended ;"— and in the End of another Paragraph of the faiJ 
1 Letter, you will find thus, " This great Opportunity of giving future Safety 
' to his Majefty's Subjects in America may be loft." 

' I have lately receiv'd from his Excellency Mr. Shirley, Governor of the 
c Mafachufets Bay, in New-England, a Plan of Operation for the King's For- 
< ces (befides thofe deftined in Defence of our Neighbours to the Southward;) 
' and Governor Shirley's Letter, with the Papers that accompany'd it, I (hall 
' order to be laid before you ; in which, I think, you will fee a well concerted 
' wife Scheme, for the future Safety of all the King's Colonies in North-America, 
' and for effectually driving the French from the Incroachments and Invafions 
' they have made, and are making, upon the King's Territories, and for con- 
c fining them within their own Limits on this Continent : And for a more par- 
' ticular Account of this Article, as to the prefent Armament, I fhall refer you 

to 



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c to the Honourable Andrew Olliver, Efq; one of his Majefty's Council of the 

' Majfachufets Bay, who comes with a Commiffion from that Government to 

* treat with you for raifing a Quota of Men (over and above your juft Pro- 
1 portion, to be contributed towards the general Fund, for the Support of the 
4 Forces raifed and raifing :) And as all the Governments already apply'd to, 

* have chearfully fallen into it, I (hall not doubt your heartily joining with 

* them. 

■ Gentlemen of the General Afembly, 

' The raifing of Money for the Services I have mentioned, lying with your 
' Houfe, I fhall not doubt, but, upon your due Deliberation, you will think 
' you ought tolofe no Time in doing it : And as a further Encouragement to 
' the Practice of your Duty herein, to your King and Country, I think it pro- 
' per to tell you, (if I am not mifinform'd) in fo doing, you will render your- 
' felves more acceptable to the Generality of the good People of the Province. 

' Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Ajfcmbly, 

1 I hope the prefent Complexion of Affairs at this critical Juncture, will 

' lead you into fuch Meafures, as that you may have the Honour to be call'd 

' with his Majefty, the kind and tender Fathers of this People : For Things 

' feem to be brought to a Point, whether his Britijh Majefty mall enjoy his juft 

' Rights, and his People their Liberties and Properties under him; orwhe- 

c ther the French King fhall be Lord of all North-America: I fay, whether 

1 his Majefty's North-American Subjects, fhall, for the future, breath EngliJJj 

' Liberty, under the beft of Kings, (as to their Religion and Properties) or be 

' brought under the abject Yoke of French Slavery and Tyranny. 

' May Almighty God, conduct you in your Confultations into much Har- 
' mony, and into fuch an Unanimity, as may give the beft Difpatch to thefe 
« Important Affairs.' 

Elizabeth-Town, T T>tTT f^UlTO 

jprii ztb, i 75 s. J- £>£A^o^K. 

And then his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe, the Plan and 
Letters referred to in his Speech ; which were refpecYively read. 

The Honourable Andrew Olliver, Efq; a Commifiioner from the Majfachufets Bay, 
attending, was admitted into the Houfe, where he produced his Commiffion for folliciting 
this Province, for aflifting the other Colonies, in building and erefting a Fortrefs near 
Fort St. Frederick, in Order to defend our Frontiers ; which was read ; and then, in 
Purfuance of his faid Commiffion, he prefented a Memorial to this Houfe for that Pur- 
pofe ; which was alfo read ; and then he withdrew. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

' Gentlemen of the General Ajfcmbly, 

' \ S Mr. Olliver's Memorial is addrefs'd to the whole Legillature, I 
<■ jf\_ think, for the better Difpatch of Bufinefs, it wou'd be beft for the 
4 Council and Affembly, to confer by joint Committees, on the fubject 
' Matter thereof. 

Council-Chamber, T BELCHER. 

JprilS, 1755. J 

A Petition 



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A Petition from the Freeholder?, In!: bitants of the County of Bergen, figned by 
177 Petitionees, was prefented to theHouf •, praying, for the Reafons therein mentioned, 
rival and Amendment of the Militia ' c ; : now in being •, and alfo fetting forth the 
roceedings of the French upon his Majefty's Territories in America, in open 
Violation or the Treaties of Peac% defiring the Houfe to raife their proportionable Pare 
(of Men and Money) in Conjunction with the other Colonies, forfecuring our Frontiers, 
and difpoffeiTmg the Frer.ch from their Fortifications in his Majefty's Dominions. And 
alfo Seven Petitions of the fame Tenor with the abo/e, from the Inhabitants orthe Coun- 
ty of Effex, figned by 5)7 Petitioners, was prefented to the Houfe ; all which were 
respectively read. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and with tine-Letters and Plan cf 
Operation therein referred to, and Mr. OlUver's Memorial, and the above Petition?, 
were committed to a Committee or the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfclf into a Commitree of the whole Houfe on his 
Excellency's Speech, and Matters abovefaid : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refume A the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired 
Leave to fit again ; to which the Houle agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till % To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Wednefday, April gtb, 175 ir. 

The Houfe met, and again refolved itfclf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to 
eonfider further of his Excellency's Speech, and other Matters before to them referred : 
After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker rJumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, from 
the Committee, reported that the Committee had come to fcvcral Refolutions, which. 
he is ready to report when the Houfe will receive the fame. 

Ordered, 
That the Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Hancock proceeded to report the Refolutions of the Committee as 
follows. 

jji, Refolved, 
That a humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his favourable 
Speech -, to which the Houfe agreed. 

id, Refolved, 
That this Committee highly approve of the Plan of Operation laid before this Houfe; 
and are of Opinion, that the Building a Fortrefs near to Crown- Point, or upon lome 
other Parts of his Majefty's Territories in that Part of the Country, is highly neceffary 
to be forthwith purfued, in order to check the infulting Encroachments of the Frtnch, and 
to fecure our Frontiers ; to which the Houfe agreed. 



Yeas, 


Yeas, 


Nays. 


Mr, Stevens, 


Mr. Vrelandr, 


Mt. Spicer. 


Mr. Johnfton, 


Mr. Vangefon, 




Mr. Nevill, 


Mr. Read, 


■ 


Mr. Wetherill, 


Mr. Ladd, 




Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. Hancock, 




Mr. Dehart, 


Mr. Miller, 




Mr. Bradburry, 


Mr. Learning, 




Mr. Fiflier, 


Mr. Yard, 




Mr. Hogland 


Mr. Middagh. 





id, Refolved, 
That for the Purpofes aforefaid, there be 500 Men immediately raifed, and fupported 
by this Colony, who fhall join the other Forces now raifing and raifed in the other Colo- 
nies ; to which the Houfe agreed. B Teas, 



\fir£. 



12,000. 



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K-if/, Iter, Aty;. 

Mr. Stevenf, Mr. Hogland, ■ Mr. HoJmes, for 40c, 

Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Vrelandt, Mr. Newbold, \ 

Mr. Ncvill, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Hancock, / , autm . rt , 

Mr. Wethcrill, Mr. Read, Mr. Miller. } „jZ! f> 

Mr. Dehart, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Spicer, I 

Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Yard, Mr. Learning. ) 

Mr. Fifher, Mr. Middagh. 

4th, Refohed, 
That a Sum not exceeding £. 15,000, be ftruck in Paper Rills of Credit, for raifing, 
cloathing, arming, fupporting and paying the Forces aforefaid ; to which the Houf- 
agreed. 

Yeas, Teas, Nays, 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Hogland, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Vrelandt, Mr. Miller. 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Hancock, i , 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Read, Mr. Learning, £ „ T/ f 

Mr. Dehart, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Spicer. > "" 

Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. Fifher, Mr. Middagh^ 

$th, Re fclied, 
That the Sum of £. 15,000, Co to be ftruck as aforeftid, be funk by provincial Taxes 
in Five Years, fucceeding the Date of fuch Bills of Credit, by finking £ 5,000 per Year, 
for the laft Three of the Five Years, if no other Provifion be made before that Time 
for finking the fame ; to which the Houfe agreed. 

Yeas, Yeas, Yeas, K 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Fifher, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Holmes 

Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Hogland, Mr. Miller, Mr. Leamii . 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Vrelandt, Mr. Yard, Mr. Spicer, 

Mr. Wiiiieiill, Mr. \ -rz.ioii, Mr. Middagh. 

Mr. Dehart, Mr. Read, 

Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Ladd. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Dehart, and Mr. ford, be a 
Committee to prepare and bring in a Bill for ftriking the Sum of £. 15,000) and other 
Purpofes aforefaid. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, Mr. Read, Mr. Fi/her, Mr. Hancock, and Mr. Faxon, be a Com- 
mittee to prepare a Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from the County of Scmerfct, figned by 113 Petitioners, was preferred to 
the Houfe; fetting forth the Hostilities and Encroachments of the French in his'Majefty'i 
Territories, in open Violation of the Treaties of Peace, praying the Houfe to aflift the 
other Colonies in driving them from their Encroachments : And alfo, a Petition from 
the County of Middle/ex, figned by 114 Petitioners, was prefented to the Houfe, of 
the fame Tenor of the above ; which were reflectively read : The Subftance of which, 
with the other Petitions before prefented on that Head, the Houfe hath already had 
Hbder Consideration. 

A Petition from the County of Burlington, was prefented to the Houfe, praying an 
Act to encourage the killing of Bears -, which was read, and referred to further Conlide- 
ration. 

Four Petitions were prefented to the Houfe •, one from the Prifoners in EJfex County 
Goal; o:>e from the Prifoners in Trenton Goal -, one from the Prifoners in Burlington 
Goal, and one from Jcjepb Bonney ; all praying, for the Reafons therein fee forth, to be 
di&harged from their Confinements •, which were reflectively read and referred to 
further Confideration, when the Houfe Hull meet at Perth- Amboy or Burlington. A 



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A Petition from a Number of the Inhabitants of Hopewell Townfhip, in Cumberland 
County, was prefented to the Houfe, praying an Act for draining the Meadows lying 
on and adjoining Cohaufie Creek ; which was read, and referred to further Confide- 
, ration. 

A Rep refentation of the Attachment A dr. now in force, was prefented to the Houfe 
for their Confideration, from the Juftices of the Peace of Monmouth County j which 
was read and referred to further Confideration. 

A Motion was made, and the Queftion put, Whether this Houfe will proceed on 
any other Bufinefs at this Seflions, except what his Excellency has laid before them ? Ic 
palled in the Negative. 

Teas, Yeas, Nays, "Nays, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Smith, Mr. Steven J, Mr. Newbold, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Miller, Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Paxfon, 

Mr. Fifher, Mr. Learning, Mr. VVetherill, Mr. Ladd, 

Adr. Hogland, Mr. Spicer, Mr. Dehart, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Vrelandt, Mr. Yard, Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Middagh. 

Mr. Vangefon, 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock, 

Thurfday, April 10, 1755. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till two, P. M. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock; 

Friday, April 11, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Ntsyjtt, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill 
Act to er. courage the inlifiing Five Hundred freemen, or zvell-ajfceicd In- 
dians, in this Colony, &c. which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading in the Af- 
ternoon. 

Several of the Committees of Correfpondents, laid before the Houfe fevera! Letters 
they had received from the Agent ; which were refpectively read. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M, 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to encourgae the inlifiing Fhe Hundred Freemen, or welt- 
tjfetled Indians, in this Colony, &c. was read the fecond Time, and committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on the 
afore-mentioned Bill : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, 
and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of faid Committee, reported, that the Committee had made 
fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again ; to which 
the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock; 

Saturday, April 12, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from a Number of the Inhabitants of the County of Bergen, was prefented 
to the Houfe ; fetting forth the Necefiity of building fevera] Bridges in the Precinct of 
Saddle River, in faid County •, praying an Act for building Bridges in faid Precinct, at 
the publick Expence of faid County ; which was read and referred to further Confide- 
ration. ' The 



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The Hoiifc again refolved itfelf into a Committee bf the whole Houie, on the Bill, 
entitled, An Act to encourage the inlifting Five Hundred Freemen, ori In- 

dians in. this Colony o/Ncwt Jerfey, 6?f. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of laid Committee, reported, thai the 
Committee had made fome further Progrels in the Matters to them reterred, and de- 
fired Leave to fit again ; to which the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr Nevitt and Mr. Read, v.6 Wait on his Excellency, and defire him to write 
to the Honourable Genera! Braddock, and acquaint him, that this Coiony is now, with all 
polfible Difpatch, preparing to raile Five Hundred Men, to join the Forces of' the he; 
bouring Colonics in an intended Expedition to Crown- Point ; arc! that we are m the ut- 
moft Neceffity for Five Hundred Stand of Arms for that Service : And as '.' Ones 

cannot be procured here, defire General Braddock (if he approves of the f. id Expe- 
dition) to furnifh us with the faid Five Hundred Arms, {or his Majefty's Ufe, if he 
poffibly can ; and that his Excellency will be pleafed direftly to drfpatch an Exprels 
therewith ; for the Expence of which this Houfe will provide. 

Mr. Ne-cill reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf, delivered the faid MefTagc with 
them intrufted to his Excellency j who was pleafed to Uy, he would lend an F.'iprels 
according to their Deli:e. 

The Houfe adjeurn'd till Monday Morning Nineo'CIcck. 

Monday, April 14, iJSS- 
The Floufe met. 
Mr. Neivhold had Leave to be abfent, on urgent Eufincfs. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the who'e Flo 
entitled, An ACt to em Wage . ing Five Hundred Freemen, cr - 

Indians, in this Colony of New- Jerfey, &?c. After fome Time [pent therein, Mr. Spe leer 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chaiiman of the Committee, reported, that the 
Committee had made fome further Frogrefs in the Matters to them reierr . . 1 de- 
fired Leave to fit again •, to which the Houfe agreed. 

The Floufe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clcck. 

Tuefday, April 15, 1755. 
The .Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevitt and Mr. Read, do wait on his Excellency, and d .ire he will be 
pleafed to acquaint this Plouf-, who he purpofes to appoint Colonel, to c . the 

Forces to be raifed in this Colony •, if an A<51 for that Furpofe fhall I this Sefi- 

fions of General AlTembly. 

Mr- Nevill reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf delivered the above MelTage to his 
Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhou'd have his Anfwer on that Head 
this Day. 

The Floufe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Floufe, on the Rill, 
entitled, An Act. to enceurge the inlifting Free Hundred Freemen, or well-offered Indians, 
tntbis Colomof New- Jerfey, csV. Alter lome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed 
the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee 
had made fome further Frogrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to 
'it again ; to which the FJoufe agreed. 

The Floufe adjourn'd till two, P. M. The 



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The Houfe met. 

His Excellency, in AnFwer to the Meflage of this Morning, informed the Houfe, by 
a MefTage, that he purpofed to appoint Peter Schuyler, Efq-, Colonel of the Forces 
that may be raifed in this Colony, for the prefent intended Expedition. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on the Bill, en- 
titled, An Acb to encourage the inlifting of 500 Free;r.en, or wcll-affetled Indians, in this 
Colony of New-Jerfey, for his Majefty 's Service in the prefent Expedition, in Conjunction 
■with the Forces of New-England and New-York, for the erecling a ftrcng Fortrefs near 
Crown- Point, within his Majejly's Dominions ; and alfo for making current £. 15,000, 
in Bills of Credit, for providing for the Subfifiance, Cleathing, Arming, and Pay of the 
faid Forces, and tranfporting them to the Plac*. of general Rendezvous ; and alfo for the 
directing the Manner of Jinking the faid Bills sf Credit : After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, re- 
ported, that the Committee had gone through the laid Bill, and made feveral Amend- 
ments thereto ; which he is directed to report when the Houfe will receive the fame. 

Ordered, 
That the Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Hancock proceeded to report the fame j which faid Bill, with the 
Amendments, being read in their Places, was agreed to by the Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That the laid Bill as amended, be engrofled. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Wednefday, April 16, 1755. 
The Houfe met. 

Mr. Smith, from tlis Committee appointed to dra-v ;1t? Draught of ail Addrefs tO h'lS 

Excellency, reported the fame •, which was read ; and on the Queftion, agreed to by the 
Houfe, and ordered to be engrolfed. 

The engroffed Addrefs to his Excellency, was read and compar'd. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Fifher and Mr. Middagb, do wait on his Excellency, and defire to know 
when he will be waited on with the Addrefs of this Houfe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M, 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Fifher reported, that Mr. Middagb and himfelf, had waited upon his Excel- 
lency with the aforefaid Meflage -, who was pleafed to fay, that he intended the Houfe 
fhou'dhear from him To-morrow Morning at Eleven o'Clock. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Thurfday, April 17, 1755. 
The Houfe met. 

The engrofled Bill, entitled, ^k Ace to encourage the inlifting of Five Hundred Freemen, 
cr well-affetled Indians, in this Colony of New- Jerfey, for his Majejly's Service, in the 
prefent Expedition, in ConjunElion with the Forces of New-England and New- York ; 
for the erecling ajlrong Fortrefs near Crown- Point, within his Majejly's Dominions ; and 
mlfofor making current £. 15,000, in Bills of Credit, for providing for the Subfifiance, 

C Cloathing, 



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Cloathing', 'Arming, and Pay of the faid Forces, and transporting them to the Place cf 
general Rendezvous ; and alfo for the direcling the Manner of finking the faid Bills of 
Credit; was read and compar'd; and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pafs? 
It was carried in the Affirmative. 





Teas, 


Yeas, 


Nays, 


Mr. 


Stevens, 


Mr. Hogland", 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. 


Johnflon, 


Mr. Vrelandt, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. 


Nevill, 


Mr. Vangefon, 


Mr. Miller. 


Mr. 


'Wetherill, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. Learning;, 


Mr. 


Dehart, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Spicer. 


Mr. 


Bradbury, 


Mr. Yard, 




Mr. 


Fifhcr, 


Mr. Middagh. 





Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr, Read do carry the fame to the Council, for their Concur- 
rence. 

A MefTage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, acquainting the Houfe, that his Ex- 
cellency is in the Council Chamber, ready to receive the Addrefs of the Houfe. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait on hi: 
Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that 
the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, and delivered their Addrefs," in the following 
Words. 

To His Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER, Efq; Captain General and 
Governor in Chitf, hi and jaaiex his Majefy's Province cf New-Jerfey, and 
Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor and Vice- Ad n< 
'in the fame, &c. 

The Humble Address of the Reprefentatives of faid Province, in 
General Affembly met. 

May it pleafe your Excellency, 

WE His Majefty's moft dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentatives 
of the Colony of New-Jerfey, in General Affembly conven'd, from a 
grateful Senfe of his Majefty's paternal Care over his Dominions in North- 
America, think ourfelves obliged to acknowledge Jour great Satisfaction, in 
the happy Arrival of the Honourable General Braddock, with the King's Ships 
and Forces at Virginia ; and your Excellency's kind Congratulation thereupon. 

By our lateft Advices from England, the Bill we laft Fall prepared and tranf- 
rhitted, with a Petition, praying his Majefty's Royal Approbation, had been 
but a few Days arrived ; and the Lords of Trade had appointed a mort Day 
for the Confideration of it ; fo that we hope we may ftill be allowed to pleafe 
ourfelves with the Expectation ofitsSuccefs : But as the Iffue of that Appli- 
cation is uncertain, and the Meafures concerting to the Eafhvard, appear to 
us evidently calculated to promote the Settlement of his Majefty's Lands near 
the Ohio, and eftablifh a Frontier to the Northern Colonies ; we have exerted 
ourfelves ftill further : And what we have now done, we hope will carry its 
: Recommendation, both to his Majefty and our Neighbours, having only 

to 



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to obferve, th.^t, as It is an extraordinary Occafion, our putting the Inhabi- 
tants of this Colony (already loaded with a heavy Debt, incurr'd for his Ma- 
yfly's Service, on Enterprizes. nearly of the fame Kind) to the Difficulties of 
finking the Whole by Taxes in fo little a Time as five Years, will not hereafter 
be drawn into Precedent upon a lefs Occafion. 

By Order of the Hoi if; 
April 1 6, 1755, ROBERT LAWRENCE, 

Speaker, 

, Mr, NeviU reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf, delivered the Bill with them in- 
trufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

A Petition from Hunterdon County, figned by 1 14. Petitioners, being of the fame 
, Nature and Tenor of thofe before-mentioned, from the Counties of Bergen, Ejfex, 
\*\Mddlefex, and Scmerfet, relating to Adls of Hoftilities committed by the French, &c, 
^ was prefented to the Houfe and read. 

§ The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M, 

^ The Houfe met. 

^ Mr. Smith and Mr. Pax/on, had Leave to be abfent on urgent Occafions.- 
The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'clock. 

K 

V Friday, April 18, 1755. 

%1 The Ilouio met, 

■0 . A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Stephen V. Courtlandt' of Second 
River, in the County of EJJex ; fetting forth, that in the Seventeenth "Year of his pre- 
fent Majefty's Reign, he obtained his Majefty's Letters Patent, for the Privilege of 
keeping a Ferry or Ferries over Pcffaick River, between the Counties of Effcx and 
Bergen ; and extending from Ogden's Wharf to Saddle River ; praying an Adi for fet- 
tling and eftablifhing the Fees and Rates for faid Ferries ; which was read, and referred 
to further Confideration. 

A Petition of Jacob Ouke, a Prifoner for Debt in New-Brtmfmck Goal, was prefen- 
ted to the Houfe, praying an Act for his Relief; which was read, and referred to fur- 
ther Confideration: 

A MefTage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary ; 

' Gentlemen of the General Afembly , 

* TN Anfwer to your MefTage of the twelfth Inftant, an Exprefs was ina- 

♦ X mediately difpatch'd to the Honourable General Braddock, with my Let- 
' ter, purporting the Subflance of the faid MefTage. 

« And in Anfwer to your MefTage of the fifteenth Inftant, I propofe to 
1 give the Command of the Troops that may be raifed within this Province, 
« to Colonel Peter Schuyler, of the County cf Bergen, a worthy Gentleman, 
' and well qualified for his Majefty's Service in fuch a Pofl. 

« Sometime the next Week, I expect to hear the Refult of the Congrefs of 
Governors at Annapolis, and therefore think it for his Majefty's Honour and 

' Interefr, 



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' Intereft, and for the Safety and Welfare of this Province, that the whole 
' General Affembly continue together, as fomething new and material may 
: come from thence, which may be neceffary to be laid before them : And 
( as there is Advice of a Squadron of French Ships, with a Body of Land-For- 
: ces, failed from France, near Ten Weeks ago, and of whofe Arrival on 
1 this Continent, we may daily expect to hear, it may be prudent for us to lit 
' fome Time longer. 

1 Things ftanding thus, and now being a leifure Seafon for the Sitting of 
c the Affembly, it wou'd be faving much Trouble to the Members, as well 

* as a great Hxpence to the Province, to do as much Bufinefs now as can be 

* done ; more efpecially to pafs the Bill for the Support of Government, and 
« thereby to prevent our meeting again the next Month, when (you are i'en- 

* fible) it will expire. 

Gentlemen., Upon your fedate Confideration of what I have faid, I believe, 

* you will think putting it in Practice wou'd be for his Jvlajefty's Honour and 
' Service, as well as for the Intereft of the Province, and well becoming the 
'[ Care and Juftice of your Houfe.' 

Eh,abeth-Twn, T BELCHER. 

April 18, 1755. J 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, F. M. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Saturday, April 19, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 
Whereas an Aft, entitled, An Act to prevent the Exportation of Vrovifions, naval or 
warlike Stores, from the Colony of New-Jerfey to Cape-Breton, or to any other the Do- 
minions fettled by the Subjecls of the French King, paffed the laft Seffions of General 
Affembly, will expire by its own Limitation, by the firft Day of June next ; and the 
Houfe being fenfible of the Danger that may arife to thefe Northern Colonies, by the 
French being fupplied with Provifions, &c. from amongft us. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Read, be a Committee to prepare and bring in a Bill for 
Continuance of the aforefaid Act for a longer Time. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled. An Act to continue an Ail, entitled, An Acl to prevent the Exportation of 
Provifions, Naval or warlike Stores, from the Colony of New-Jerfey to Cape-Breton t 
or to any other the Dominions fettled by the Subjects of the French King •, which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by his Clerk : 

* Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

1 T Have taken an Opportunity of feeing the Bill whereby you propofe to 
1 JL contribute your Aid to carry into Execution, a Scheme you juftly allow 
1 to have been wifely concerted for, and evidently calculated, to promote the 
' Settlement of his Majefty's Lands near the Ohio, and to eftablifh a Frontier 
■ to the Northern Colonies : It wou'd give yourfelves, and the good People 
1 you reprefent, great Caufe of Uneafinefs, if (thro' a Defect which I obferve 

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« in your Bill) the great and good Purpofes you dcfign by it fhou'd be re- 
' tarded or defeated ; the Ca;e you have taken that no Milapplicarious (hou'd 
« be made of the Money, nor any Wafte be made of the Stores, fhew your 
' Care of the Intereft of your Conilituents : And as the Captains can have no 
' other Advantages than the Monthly Pay allowed them. ; I recommend it to 
c you, to confider, whether it is probable that any Captain can afford to be at 

■ the Expence of riding thro' this Colony, v/ith their Sergeants and Drums, 
* in order to the inlifting cf Men, and be at the other Expences ufually at'en- 
« ding, without an Allowance for it : And as, I am affured, you mult a *ree 
( with me, that his whole Wages will not iupport this Angle Expence, I hope 
1 you will enable them to proceed in this Bufinefs, by making a fuitable Pro- 
' vifion for this Service. But if the Bill fhou'd be affentcd to by his MajefVs 
c Council, and I fhou'd judge it not inconfiibnt with mv Duty to enadt V- ; 
1 and by your making no Provifion in the Matter above recommended, I {hou'd 
« find your immediate AfTiflance neceffary ; my Duty to his Majefty, and the 
f good People of the Colony, will tblige me to convene you fooner than the 

■ ordinary Bufinefs of the Government wou'd incline me fo to do.' 

°5Sff!?i J- BELCHER. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to continue an A3, entitled, An A5f to prevent the Ex- 
portation of Provifions, naval or warlike Stores, i3c. was read the fecond rime, and 
agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrois'd. 

The engrofs'd Eill, entitled, An Act to continue an AH, entitled, An Ail to prevent 
the Exportation or frovifions, i ival or warlike >tores, trom the Colony of New Jerfeyi 
to Cape-Breton, or to any other the Dominions Ictrled by the Subjects of the French 
King ; was read andcom^ar'd ; and on the Quefhon, 
Refohed, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Jobnjion, do carry the fame to the Council for their Con- 
currence. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr John/Ion and himfelf, delivered the Bill with them in- 
truded, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration his Excellency's MefTage of this Day ; and on' 
the Queftion, Whether any Allowance be made to the Captains, for the Expence 
attending the inlifting of their Companies ? It paffed in the Negative. 



Teas, 


Teas, 




Na\s, 


Nays, 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Red, 


Mr. 


Wetherill, 


Mr. Miller, 


Mr. Johnfton, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. 


Holmes, 


Mr. Learning, 


Mr. Nevill, 


Mr. Yard, 


Mr. 


Bradbury, 


M\ Spicer, 


Mr. Dehart, 




Mr. 


Fifher, 


Mr. Middagh, 


Mr. Vrelandt, 




Mr. 


Hegland, 




Mr. Vangefon, 




Mr. 


Hancock, 





Ordered, 
That Mr. Holmes and Mr. Rvdhnrv do wait upon his Excellency, and aro.i?a;nt him s 
that this Houfe having duly confidered his MefTage of this Day, are of Opinion that the 
Sum granted by the Bill therein mentioned, is all the Aid this Colony can poffibly give to 
his Majefty's Arms under its prefent Circumftances •, and defirehis Excellency to excufe 
u« from applying any Part of th^t Sum, as an Allowance to r he Captains for the Expf-nce 
attending the inlifting of their Companies. A nd that this Houfe is of Opinion, that if 

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his Excellency fhall order the feveral Colonels to appoint the Meetings of the Companies 
which compofe their Regiments, in fuch Manner as may give the Officers of the Troops 
in this Expedition, the bed Oppommity of applying to them, under Arms, it would 
greatly facilitate the raifing the Volunteers for this Service. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Monday, April 21, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr Read and Mr. Hancock do wait on his Excellency, and (in Anfvver to his 
MefTage of Friday laft) inform him, that the Difpatch he gave to the Application to the 
Honourable General Braddcck, is very agreeable to this Houfe : That this Houfe are of 
Opinion, that his Excellency's Appointment of Colonel Peter Schuyler, to command the 
Troops of this Colony, will have a great Influence on the Inhabitants, by encouraging 
them to inlift under the Command of a Gentleman, whole Courage and Conduft they 
have Reafon to be well fatisfied with, and whofe kind and humane Behaviour to the 
Troops of this Colony on the laft Expedition, rendered him very acceptable to the 
Soldiers. 

^ As the Bill pafs'd this Houfe this Seflion, contains all the Aid this Colony can poflibly 
give to his Majefty's Arms, under its prefent Circumftances ; and his Excellency will be 
enabled thereby to put a Stop to the Expencc of the Colony, if the General and Gover-i 
nors at their Copgrefs, fhou'd difapprove the Scheme which gave Rife to that Bill ; 
this Houfe is of Opinion, that Nothing can be there agreed on, which can render it 
neceffary to encreafe the public Expence, by continuing the General AfTembly here. 

That this Houfe are willing to hope, that nothing more is intended by the French King's 
Armaments from France, than his relieving the Troops he ufually keeps on Foot abroad ; 
and have the greateft Confidence in his 'Majefty's Care and Goodnefs, in protecting his 
loyal Subjects in America, by a Squadron of Men of War and Troops, if the French 
King does not fatisfy him, as to the Deftination and Ufe of that Armament. 

That a very bufy Seafon wou'd overtake the Endeavours of this Houfe, for com- 
pleating any further Bufinefs, than what is now before them : and afTure his Excellency/ 
That this Houfe will, as foon as the Harveft is over, if his Excellency fhall grant them 
fo neceffary a Recefs, chearfully enter upon the public Bufinefs at the ufual Places ; and 
hope noilnconvenience will arife to his Excellency, by fo ftnall a Delay of the Support. 

A MefTage from the Council by Mr. Ogden, acquainting the Houfe, that the Coun- 
cil have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An Aft to encourage the inlijling Five Hundred Free - 
men, or well-affecled Indians, in this Colony of New-Jerfey, &c. without any Amend- 
ment. 

A MefTagefrom the Council, by Mr. Ogden, acquainting the Houfe, that the Council 
have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An Aft to continue an yicl, entitled, An Ail to prevent 
the Exportation of Provifions, naval or walike Stores, from the Colony of New-Jerfey 
to Cape Breton, or to any other the Dominions fettled by the Subjefts of the French 
King, without any Amendment. 

Mr. Holmes reported, that Mr. Bradbury and himfelf delivered the Meffage of the 
Houfe of Saturday laft, with them entruftcd, to his Excellency. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Hanccck and himfelf delivered the Meflage of the 
Houfe with them entrufted, to his Excellency. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Yard and Mr. Vangefon, do wait on the Council, and defire to know iF 
they have any Bufmefs before them ; if not, that this Houfe propoies to apply to his 
Excellency for a Difrnifiion. 

Mr. Yard reported, that Mr. Vangefon and himfelf, delivered the above Meflage to 
the Council. 

" A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Saltar, as follows ; 

Ordered, 
<c That ?vlr. Saltar do acquaint the Houfe of Affembly, in Anfwer to their 
!; lyieflage of this Afternoon, by Mr. Yard and Mr. Vangefon, that this Houfe 
" h;ve Matters of Importance, refpecting the Bufmefs of this Seffions, under 
" .eir Confideration ; and that as foon as they have come to aCcnclufion, 
'■' thereon, they will inform the Houle of Affembly thereof." 

By Order of the Houfe ; 

Council-Chamber, ROBERT OGDEN, D. Ctit. 

jfyrtlzi, 1755. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock, 

Tu ef day, April 22, 1755. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till two, P. M. 
The Houfe met. 
A MelDge from his Excellency by his Clerk : 

Mr. Speaker, his Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the Attendance of 
the Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait on his 
Excellency. And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and sported, that 
the Houfe had waited en his Excellency-, who was pleafed to give his Affent to the fol- 
lowing Bills, enacting the iame, viz, 

ift, An Acl to encourage the inlijiing of 500 Freemen, or well 'affected Indians in this 
Colony of New-Jerfey, for his Majefifs Service in the prefent Expedition, in Ccnjurciwu 
with the Forces of New-England and New-York, for the erecling a Jlrong Fortrefs near 
Crown-Point, within his Majefty' s Dominions ■, and alfo for making current £. 15,000, 
in Bills of Credit, for providing for the Subfiftance, Cleat hing, Arming, and Pay of the 
faid Forces, and tranfporting them to the Place of general Rendezvous ; and alfo for the 
diverting the Manner of finking the faid Bills tf Credit. 

td, An Aft to continue an Acl, entitled, An Acl to prevent the Exportation of 
Pr<mfions, naval or warlike Stores, from the Colony of Ncw-Jerfey to Cape-Breton? 
or to any other the Dominions fettled by the Subjects of the French King. 

And then his Excellency was pleafcd to make the following Speech to the Council 
and Houfe of Affembly, 

• Gentlemen 



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k Gentlemen of His Majeflys Council, and of the General Affe'mbty, 

AS I expert His Excellency Governor Shirlev may be here To- 
morrow, and that on his Arrival I may have fomething abfolutely 
neceflary to be laid before you ; as alfo any Thing elfe I may think of for 
facilitating the Raifing of the Troops now agreed on bv the Legiflature ; 
I have thought proper to prorogue the General AfTembly, to meet agail 
at this Place To-morrow at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, and you 
are accordingly prorogued to the faid Time. 



Elizabtth-Ttwn, Conn H-Chamber, 
April 22, 1755. 



J. BELCHER. 



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T Virtue of an Order of the Houfe^ I do 
hereby appoint James Parker, of Woodbridge, 
to print thefe Votes. 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 




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VOTES 

O F T H E 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

OF THE 

Province of New- Jersey. 



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Elizabeth-Town, Wednefday, April 23, 1755. 

URSUANT to his Excellency's Prorogation of the General A flembly to this 
Day, the Houfe met. 



A Meflage from his Excellency, by his Clerk ; 

1 Gentlemen of the General AJfembly, 
N HE Return of the Exprefs gives me an Account of his Excellency 



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General Braddock's approving the Plan of Operation, tor the; 
' King's Forces on this Continent ; and I now lay before you General 
■ Braddock's Anfwer to what I wrote him at your Requeft, whereby you will 
' find, you may be furnifh'd with the Arms you defired, fo as to fave a grea: 

• Expence to the Province, and thereby be the better enabled to give a 

• fuitable Encouragement to the Inlifting of Men ; and without which, I 
' have great Redfon to believe, from Colonel Schuyler, and from many other 

• Gentlemen, the Railing of Men will be greatly retarded, if not entirely 
1 defeated : I therefore once more earnefily recommend to you, an effectual, 

• Provifion to be made on this Head. 

' You fee, by the Terms propofsd, that the Arms cou'd not have been 

• obtained without calling you again together, if v/e had parted Yefterday, 

• whereby the Colony wou'd have been put to great Expence, and yourfelves 
' to confiderable Inconveniency. 

Eliz.Tcwn, Council-Chamber, y BELCHER 

April 23, 1755. J' 

Ordered, . - : 

That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Debar t do wait on his Excellency the Governor, and 
allure him, that this Houfe entertains a grateful Senfe of the Obligation the Colony is 
under to his Excellency General Braddock, for his Application in our Favour, and ro 
Governor Dinwiddle, for fupplying the Troops of the Colony with Arms on the 
prefent Expedition ; and that this Houfe will take effectual Care, to replace the Five 
Hundred Stands of Arms, the Drums and Halberds, which Governor Dinwiddle (hill 
pleafe to deliver to the Commiffioner of this Colony, who will be fent to receive them, 
for the Ufe of their Forces. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Dehart and himfelf delivered the Meflage of the 
Houfe with them entrufted, to his Excellency. 

E The 



Mr. 


Wctherill, 


Mr. 


A 


Debate, 


Mr. 


Mr. 


Bia Ibufl y, 


Mr, 


Mr. 


Fifher, 





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The Houfe taking into Confideration, that Part of his Excellency's MeiTage relat : ng 
to making further Provifion for infilling the Forces to be raifed in this Colony •, and a 
Debate arifing, the Queflion was put, Whether the Commiffioners Hull be allowed in 
their Accounts, a Sum not exceeding One Hundred Pounds, to each Company ; which 
they may pay to the Officers as Levy-Money, for raifing the Forces of this Colonv, in 
the prefent Expedition, if it fhall appear neceflary to the major Part of the Commif- 
fi oners ? It pafs'd in the Affirmative. 

Teas, Teas, .' • 

Mr. St( n is, A r. Hegland, Ho] >, 

Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Vrclandt, r, Hancocjc, 

Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Miller, 

Read, Mr. Learning, 

LadcL Mi. Spicef, 

A Motion was made, for the Commiffioners to provide for each Soldier to be raifed 
in the prefent Expedition, a Pair of good Deer Skin Breeches, in Lieu of two Pair of 
Troufers appointed by the A 61 for raifing and fupporting laid Forces. To which 
Motion the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens, be a Committee, to prepare and bring 
in a Bill for the feveral Purpofes aforefaid. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill* 
entitled, An A6t to impower the Commiffioners appointed for Arming, Cka'.hing, and 
making Provifion for the 500 Men to be raifed in this Colony for bis Majefty's Service^ 
■to apply a Sam not exceeding One Hundred Pounds to each Company, as Levy Money, &c. 
which was read, and order'd a fecond Reading. 

The Bill, entitled, An A6t to impower the Commiffioners appointed for Arming, Clcathing 
a> d making Provifion for the 500 Men to be raifed in this Colony for his Majefty's Service, 
to apply a Sum not exceeding One Hundred Pounds to each Company, as Levy -Money, for 
raifing tie f aid Forces, if the feme fhall appear neceffary to the faid Commiffioners, or the 
major Part of them, and for other Purpofes therein mentioned, was read the fecond Time ; 
Jind feveral Amendments being thereunto made, was agreed to by the Houfe, and 
brdered to be er.giofs'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'clock. 
Thurfday, April 24, 1J5$- 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofs'd Bill, entitled, An Aft to impower the Commiffioners appointed for 
Arming, Cloathing, and making Provifion for the Five Hundred Men, to be raifed in this 
y for his Majefty's Service, to apply a Sum not exceeding One Hundred Pounds to 
each Company, as Levy Money, for raifing the faid Forces, if the fan 'hull appear necef- 
fary to the faid Commiffioners, or the major Part of them ; and for other Purpofes therein 
•mentioned; was read and compared ; and on the Queflion, Whether the laid Bill do. 
pals, or not ? It was carried in the Affirmative. 



Yeas, 


Teas, 


A r i7Vf, 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Hog] and, 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. J 


Mr. V 1 clan. tit, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. Nevill, 


Mr. Vangefon', 


Mr. Miller. 


Mr. Wctherill, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. Learning. 


Mr. Dehart, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Spiecr ? 


Mr. Bradbury, 


Mr. Yard, 




Mr. Fifher, 


' . Middagti. 





Refolved 



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R'efolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, s 

That Mr 1 . Nevitt and Mr. Jobnfion do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for their 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Jobnfion and himfelf, delivered the Bill with them 
intrufled, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houle adjourn'd till two, P. M % 

The Houfe met. 
Refohed, 
That this Colony will replace all fuch Stands of Arms, Drums and Halberds, as his 
Honour Governor Dinwiodie fhall pleafe to deliver to the Commifiio; appoin- 

ted to receive the fame, for the Ufe of the Forces of this Colony, on the intended Ex- 
pedition to Crozvn-Point. 
Ordered, 
That "• ... Read and Mr. Fijber do wait on his Excellency, and defire he will pleafe 
to give a > lmiffion to John Wetberill and Jacob Debart, ijqrs, or either of them, 
for the Pi rp .es aforefaid. 

Mr. R e ad reported, that Mr. Fijher and himfelf, delivered the above MefLge of the 
Houfe to his Excellency. 

Ordered, 
That r Stevens and Mr. 2~<ird do wait on the Council with the above Refolve of 
this lioufe, and defire they will pleafe co enter into a Refolve of the lame Nature. 

A : efiage from the Council by Mr. Ogden, acquainting the Houfe, that the Council 
have pafled the Bill, entitled, An A& to Lnpower the Commiffioners appointed for Ar- 
ming, Charting, and makin^Prozifion for tbjJEwsJiundred Men, to be raifed in this 
Colony, &c. without any Amendment. 

. Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Yard and himfelf, delivered the MerTao- e ofrhe 
Houfe with them intrufled, to the jSpeakej in Cou icil : Arid that after the Council had 
taken the fame into their Confederation, defired them to inform this Houfe, that they 
concurred with tlie faid Refolve. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Holmes and Mr. Van^efcn, do wait on the Council, and defire to know if 
they have any Bufinefs before them •, if not, that this Houfe propoles to apply to his 
Excellency for Leave to rife. 

Mr. Holmes reported, that Mr. Vangefon and himfelf, delivered the Meffa^e with 
them incrufted, to the Speaker in Council. ^ 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 
Friday, dpril 25, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 
A Mefiage from the Council by Mr. Ogden, as follows : 

Ordered, 
" That Mr. Ogden do inform the Houfe of AiTembiy, that there is no further 
Cmefs before this Houfej and that this Houfe has no Objections to the 
" AfTembly's applying to his Excellency for aDifmiffion." 

By Order of the Houfe, 

Council-Charnhr, ROBERT OGDEN, D.Clk. 

April 24, 1755.. 

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Mr. Secretary, brought from his Excellency, a Copy of the Refolves of this Houfe, 
with the Council's Concurrence, and his Excellency's Afient thereto, in the Form 
following. 

AfTembly-Chamber, April 24', 1755. 
Refohed, 
" That this Colony will replace all fuch Stands of Arms, Drums and 
" Halberds, as his Honour Governor Dinwiddie fhall pleafe to deliver to the 
" Commiffioner to be appointed to receive the fame, for the Ufe of the For- 
" ces of this Colony, en the intended Expedition to Crown-Point." 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 

Council-Chamber, April 24, 1755. 
" The Houfe taking the above JRefohe into Confideration, do concur with the 
" Houfe of AJfembly therein." 

JAMES ALEXANDER, Speaker. 

" I approve and affent to the above Refolve." April 25th, 1755. 

J. BELCHER. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Vangefon do W3*it on his Excellency, and defire he will 
pleafe to write to the Honourable Governor Dinwiddie, by the CommifTioner whom 
he fhall commiffion for receiving the Arms for the Ufe of the Forces to be raifed in this 
Colony, fignifying his Concurrence in the Meafures this Houfe has fallen into, for re- 
ceiving and replacing the faid Arms. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Jobnflon do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him, 
that this Houfe have gone thro' all the Bufinefs before them, and defire he will pleafe to 
difmifs them : And to acquaint him, that the Council have fignined their Willingnels to 
this Application. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Johnfton and himfelf, delivered the Meffage \ 
them intrufted, to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would difmifs the H 
this Day. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Vangefon and himfelf delivered the Meffage of the 
Houfe with them entrufted, to his Excellency. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer and Mr. Debart do wait on his Excellency, and defire he will p) 
to inform this Houfe, when it will be a proper Time to print and publifh the Veres of 
ilie Houfe, and Laws pafs'd thefe Sefllons. 

Mr. Spicer reported, that Mr. Debart and himfelf, delivered the Mefiage wirh them 
intrufted to his Excellency •, who faid they might publifh them as foon as they pieafed. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk : 
Mr. Speaker, bis Excellency defires to fee the Houfe. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait upon his. 
Excellency : And being returned, Mr. Speaker relumed the Chair, and reported, that 
the Houfe had waited upon his Excellency in Council, who was pleafed to give his 
Afient co the following Bill, enacting the fame, viz. 

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An Act to impower the Commijfioners appointed for Arming, Cloathing, and making 
'frovifwn for the Five Hundred Men, to be raifed in this Colony for his Majefty's Service, 
to apply a Sum not exceeding One Hundred Pounds, to each Company, as Levy-Money, 
for ratjing the f aid Forces, if the fame fhall appear r.eceffary to the f aid Commiffioners , or 
the major Part of them, and for other Purpofes therein mentioned. 

The Houfc adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine.o'Clock; 

Saturday, April 26, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe being infbrm'd by Mr. William Alexander, who came from Virginia* 
that the Five Hundred Stands of Arms with which Governor Dinividdie hath proaVied 
10 fupply the Forces to be raifed in this Colony, are to be fent to the laid Mr. Alexan def 
at New-York, for the Ufe of the faid Forces •, and that they are to be delivered to the 
Commifiioners appointed for arming and cloathing the fame, upon Condition they give 
Security for replacing fuch a Number of new Arms of like Quality at V/illiamfburgb 
in Twelve Months Time, or pay to Mr. Alexander the Sterling Coft of fuch Arms, 
with Charges of Freight and Insurance : And the Houfe taking the above Matters into 
their Confideration. 
Ordered, 

That the Commiffioners of this Colony, pay to -Mr. William Alexander, the Sterling 
Coft of all fuch Stands of Arms, as fhall be fent to him by Governor Dinwiddie for the 
Ufe of the Forces of this Colony, with the ufual Charges of Commiffions, Freight, 
and Infurance. 

Refolved, 

That the Tranfporting the aforefaid Arms from Virginia to Nezv-Tork, fhall bs kt 
the Expence and Rifque of this Colony. 

A Meffage from his" Excellency, by Mr. Secretary : 

* Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 
« T HEREWITH lay before you His Excellency Governor Shirley's Letter, 

• whereby you will fee, that the Deftination of the Troops of this 
' Colony is too confined ; and as I have a full Confidence, that it is agreeable 
« to the Sentiments of the Legillature, that the Troops fliou'd do the molt 
e effectual Service the Time will admit of; I muft recommend it to you, to 

• oafs a fhort Act, to enable the Officers to command them to Action to any 
» Place where his Majefty's Honour and the Interefl of the Colonies, may 
' make their Amftance neceffary. 

Elizabeth-Town, Council-Chamber, «Y BELCHER 

April 26, 1755. J ' 

Ordered; 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Jobnfton be a Committee to bring in a Bill for the Purpofes 
recommended in his Excellency's Meffage. 

Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill,' 
entitled, An Aft for extending the Operation of the Forces to be raifed in this Colony, in, 
the intended Expedition for the Defence of his Majefty's Lands ; which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for extending the Operation of the Forces to be raifed in this 
Colony, in the intended Expedition, for the Defence of his Majefty's Lands, was read the 
fecond Time, and feveral Amendments being thereunto made, was agreed to by the 
Houie, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

The 



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The fingrofs'd Bill, entitled, An Aft for extending the Operation of the Forces to he 
rdfed in this Colony, in the intended Expedition, for the Defence of his Majeflfs Lands, 
was read and compar'd •, and on the Quefhon, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Johnjion, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for their 
Concurrence, 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Johnjion and himfelf, delivered the Bill with thera 
intruded, to the Speaker in Council. 

A Mcflagefrom the Council, by Mr. Hude, acquainting the Houfe, that the Council 
have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An Aft for extending the Operation of the Forces to be 
raifedin this Colony, &?r. without any Amendment. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk : 

Mr. Speaker, His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the Council- 
Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait upon his 
Excellency : And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that 
the Houfe had waited upon his Excellency, who was pleafed to give his Affent to 
the following Bill, enacting the fame, viz. 

An Act for extending the Operation of the Forces to be raifed in this Colony, in the 
intended Expedition, for the Defence of his Majefiy's Lands. 

And then his Excellency was pleafed to prorogue the General ftfiembly to the 
Twelfth Day of May next, to meet at Perth- Amboy. 

jyT Virtue of an Order of the Houfe ', I do 
•D appoint James Parker, of Woodbridge, to print 
thefc Votes. 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 




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V O T E S 



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PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



General ASSEMBLY 

OF THE 

Province of NEW-JERSEY 



At a SESSIONS begun at Elizabeth Town, July 31ft, 1755, and Ad- 
journ'd to Terth-Amb»y y Auguft ad, 1755. 




PHILADELTH1A: 

Printed by William Bradford, Printer to the Province of 

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VOTES 



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General ASSEMBLY 



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EL1Z A BETH-TOW N, Thurfday July 31/?, 17 55. 

UR8UANT to his Excellency's feveral Prorogations of the 
General Affembly from time to time until this Day, the Members 
met, and the Speaker not being come to Town, his Excellency 
Prorogued the Houfe till to morrow Morning nine o'Clocfc. 



Friday, Auguft 1, 1755. 

Purfuant to his Excellency's Prorogation of Yefterday the Houfe met. 

Ordered;, 
That Mr. Read, and Mi. Stcuvns, do wait upon his Excellency, and 
acquaint him $ that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed on Bufi- 
neis are met. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf delivered the above 
MeiTage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay the Houfe fhould hear 
from him immediately. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk. 

1 Mr. Speaker, 
c His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the Council 
1 Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to 
wait on his Excellency, 

And being returned Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that 
the Houfe had waited on his Excellency who was pleafed to make a 
Speech to the Council and Houfe of Affembly, of which Mr. Speaker faid 
he had (to prevent miftakes) obtained a Copy, which was ordered to 
be read and it was read accordingly, and is as follows. 

Gentle* 



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Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly. 

"1 PON the Advices I have lately received of an Action between 
' W> tne King's Troops, under the Command of the late brave General 
' Braddock, and a body of French and Indians, on the Banks of the Ri- 

* ver Monongahcla, and upon which the Englijb Troops have been o- 
' bliged to retreat ; I lay this extraordinary Event has been the 
« realbn of my caliing you together fomething looner then I intended. 

* The Accounts of this Matter have been very various, but the moll: 
« authentic, is a Letter from Mr. Orme, Aid de Camp to General Brad' 

* dock, wrote to Governor Morris of Tennfylvania, which fhall be com- 

* municated to you : And as this Matter may produce fatal Confequen- 
« ces to this and the Neighbouring Provinces, I have thought it necefTa- 
1 ry that this whole Legiflature fhould enter into the earlieft and moll 
« fedate confultations, lor preventing the Evils that may accrue, and 
1 to do all in our Power for the belt Defence and Safety of this Pro- 
' vince, and thole of our Neighbours ; and before I leave this Subject, 
' you will give me leave to recommend to you, the palling of a Bill 
' for reftraining the Exportation of Provifions, and Warlike Stores, out 

* of this Province, for lome realbnable Time. 

' I think it is Storied of the Pelican, that Jhe Sucks out her own Bloody 
' to Nourijb and Support her Young ; an uncommon Storge in Nature, 
' and in a good Degree, a fine Pattern of Imitation for all true Fa- 
thers and Lovers of their Country. How unnatural a Perfidy is it 
then for any Perfons or People from a voracious Thirft after filthy 
Lucre, to be fupplying their Fnemies with Food and Rainment, and 
Warlike Stores, thereby to enable them to fubfift and to be contin- 
ually annoying their Neighbours, who thus fupport them? and if I 
am rightly inform'd this has been the Cafe, too often, of fome of our 
Neighbouring Provinces in fupplying the trench in the manner I 
have mentioned, or many of their Settlements mail: have been broke up 
long ago. And altho we have certain Advice of a large Fleet of trench 
Ships and Land Forces, arrived at Cape-Breton, and at Canada, yet we 
are at the fame Time inform'd, that they are in great Streights as to 
Provifions, wc fhall therefore Honour ourfelves in paffing fuch an Ad, 
as I have mentioned, which may greatly diftrefs the Enemy, and have 
a good Tendency to the better fafety of all the Englijb Colonies. 

* Gentlemen, 
1 I have lately received a Letter from Mr. Din-Kiddie Governor of 
Virginia, relating to the Aims with which he fupplied us, as alfo a Let- 
ter from Col. Teter Schuyler, refpe&ing the Troops of t!:is Province un- 
der his Command, both which Letters I fhall Order to be laid before 
you, that you may do upon them what may be Neceflary in fupport of 
the Honour and JufHce of this Government. 

' Gentlemen of the General JJfetnbly. 
c As the railing of Money's for defraying all the pall Charge of what 

* has 



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' has lately been thought neceflary and expedient to be done, together 

< with the ufual Support of the Government, belongs to you to. begin 

* upon, I ihall not doubt your giving the belt Difpatch to what moft 

' properly originates at your Houfe. 

* Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General AJJembly. 
c If you can think of any Thing elfe, for advancing the King's Honour 
' and Intereft, and the Weal and Profperity of New-Jerjey, I Ihall, upon 
' your Suggefting it to me, chearfully promote it to the utmoft of 
' my Power.' 
Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, 

Augujt i , 1 755; J. BELCHER. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond reading. 
His Excellency by Mr. Secretary laid before the Houfe, the Letters 
and Papers refer'd to in his Excellency's Speech. 

A Motion was then made and the Queftion put, whether this Houfe 
will at this Time proceed on the public Bufinefs of the Colony or riot ; 
it was pafled in the Affirmative. 

A Motion was then made, and the Queftion put, whether this Houfe 
Ihall apply to his Excellency to adjourn the General Aflembly toTerth- 
Amboy, there to proceed on Bufinefs, as one of the ufual Placeis of doing 
Bufinefs, according to the Gonltitution of the Colony ? it pafs'd in the 
Affirmative. 



Yeas, 
Mr. Stevens , 
Mr-" Nevill, 
Mr. TVetheritt, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Fijhsr, 



Yeas, 
Mr. Boggland, 
Mr. Smith, 
Mr. Newbo/d, 
Mr. Tax/on, 
Mr. Ladd, 



Yeas, 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Miller, 
Mr. lard, 
Mr. Mddak 



Nays, 
Mr. Dehart, 
Mr. Bradbury. 
Mr. Vreland, 



Ordered, 
That Mr. Nrcffl,. xnd Mf. Smith, do wait on his Excellency and ac- 
quaint him, that this Houfe having unanimoufly come to a conclu- 
fion to do the neceflary Bufinefs of the Colony at this Time, as well as 
to duly confider the important Matters his Excellency has recommended 
to us, out of a tender regard to the Priviledges eftabliihed by our An- 
ceftors, find it neceflary to make this Application to his Excellency; to 
defire he will be pleafed to adjourn the General Aflembly to Perth Am- 
boy, as that is one of the ufual Places of doing Bufinefs, and we ap- 
prehend the neceflary intercourfe, between his Excellency and us, may 
be as ready as it prov'd at the Seflions in Oclober laft. 

Mr. Nevill reported that Mr. Smith and himfelf delivered the above 

B Meflagc 



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Meffage to his Excellency who was pleafed to fay the Houfe mould 
hear from him foon in the Afternoon. 

The Houfe adjourn'd to a P. M 

The Houfe met. 

A Written Meffage from his Excellency By Mr. Secretary as fot* 
lows, viz. 

1 Gentlemen of the General AJfembly, 

' TN Anfwer to your Meffage of this Day, I am well f leafed that you are 

1 ■ come to an unanimous Conclufion to do the neceffary Bufinefs of the 

4 Colony at this Time, as well as to conjider duly the Important Matter si have 

* recommended to you: you cannot but be fenftble as well as I what a 

* critical Conjuclnre this is with refpetl to the fafety and Welfare of this 
1 Province, you will therefore give all poffible Dif patch in the Affairs that 

lie before you. 



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4 As to the other Part of your Meffage, I mufl affert the King's Right and 
1 Prerogative, and that the calling you hither is abfoluteiy conjOnaut to the 
* King's Royal Orders to me. 



\ However the old Romans wifely confider'd, that •uhile Hanibal was at 
their Gates, all Difputes and Contention mould fubfide, and as I look 
upon the Trovince in the prefent Situation ot Affairs to be attended with 
much Difficulty and Hazard, in Anfwer to your requeft, 1 have Ordered 
the Secietary to Adjourn your Houfe, to morrow the id Infant, to meet at 
Perth-Amboy. 
Elizabeth- Town, Council Chamber $ 

Augufti, 1755. J. BELCHER. 

Mr. Secretary accordingly adjourn'd the General Aflembly by Writ 
under the Great Seal of the Province, till to morrow Morning nine 
o'Clock, to meet zt Perth- Amboy. 

Perth- Amboy, Saturday Augnfl a, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Refolved, 
That John Titus be Door-keeper of this Houfe. 

A Petition from Jofeph Eomiiy, fetting forth that the Caufe of his for- 
mer Complaints frill continues, and praying relief ; was read, and ordered 
a fecond reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Koufe from Daniel McKinney, fetting 

forth, 



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forth, the Hardships of his Confinement in Sower fet Gaol, and praying the 
Bifolvent Ad may be revived ; was read and ordered a fecond reading. 

A Petition from Hendrkk Haider, Michael King, Adam Agee> Peter Cafe, 
and fundry others, was prefented to the Houfe, praying an Aft of Na- 
turalization, which was read and ordered a fecond reading. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Fi/her, and Mr. WetheriU, be a Committee to 
examine what Laws have expired, or are nigh expiring by their own Li- 
mitation, and make report thereof to the Houfe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning nine o'Clock, 

Monday duguft 4, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

His Excellency's Speech was read a fecond Time and committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Petition of William Hancock) jun. and others, Owners of the Mea- 
dows and Marfhes in Elfenborougb in Salem County, was prefented to the 
Houfe, praying leave to bring in a Bill for keeping the Tide out of laid 
Meadows, was read and ordered a lecond reading. 

The Houfe Refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, 
to confider his Excellency's Speech, and Letters therein referred to. 
After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
Mr. Hancock Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Commit- 
tee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and deiir- 
ed leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd to a P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from a Number of the Inhabitants of New-Brimfaick was 
prefented to the Houfe, fetting: forth fome illegal Proceedings of the 
Juftices and Freeholders of Middlesex County, in palling an Order for 
raifing a Sum of Money on the Inhabitants of New-Brunfwick feparate- 
ly from the reft of the County, contrary to a Law of this Colony; 
praying the Houfe to take the fame into their Confideration : Which 
was read, and ordered a fecond reading. 

A Petition from the Prifoners for Debt in Middlesex County Gaol, was 
prefented to the Houfe praying an Ad for their Relief, which was read 
and Ordered a fecond reading, 

The 



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The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on his Excellency's Speech, and Matters to them referred. After fome 
Time fpent therein Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock 
Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made 
fome further Progrefs in the Matters to them fcferred, and defired leave 
to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to morrow Morning nine o'Clock 

Tuefday Aignjl 5, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

And again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
his Excellency's Speech, and Matters to them referred •• After fome Time 
fpent therein, Mr. Speaker relumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chair- 
man of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had come to feve- 
ral Refolutions which he is defired to report when the Houfe will re- 
ceive the f.me. 
O dered, 

That the report be made immediately. 

Wherupon Mr. Hancock proceeded to report the Refolutions of the 
Committee asfollowss 

Refolved, 

That a humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency in anfwer to 
his favourable Speech. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 

That in faid Addrefs his Excellency be defired to lay an Embargo 
on all VefTels exporting Provifions from this Colony to any Port wha- 
foever, except to his Majefty's Fleet, or Troops, or to the Colonies of 
New-Tork or 'PennfylDania, Provided the faid Embargo do continue no 
longer than it is continued in the faid Colonies of New-Tork and Terni- 
fylvania, or either of them. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved nemine Contradicente. 

That the fum of 3o,ooo£. be immediately ftruck in Paper Bills of 
Credit, for the making further Provifion for the Gloathing, Pay and 
Subfiftance of the Forces under Col. Schuyler, in the pay of this Colony 
for eight Months, or fo much thereof as fhall be wanted for the faid 
Services: The whole that fhall be expended, to be lunk by annual 
Provincial Taxes in five Yeas, to commence the Year immediately fuc- 
ceeding the Expiration of the laft Part of the 1 j;ooo£. Tax for fink- 
ing the Bills of Credit made Current for his Majefty's Service in the 
prcfent Expedition againft the French on his Majefty's Lands, unlefs 
fome other method by Aft of the Legifktue fhall in the mean Time 
be provided for finking the fame, more for the eafe of the Inhabitants 
of this Colony. To which the Houfe ^agreed 



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Revived nemine Contradicenti^ 
That his Majefty's Government of New-Jerfey be fupported for one 
Year to Commence the 21ft Day of May 1755, and to end the aift 
■Day of May 1736. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Smith, Mr. Learning, Mr. Vangefon, and 
Mr. Middagh, be a Committee to prepare the Draught of an Ad- 
drcfs to his Excellency. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Fijher, Mr. Sftcer, Mr. Read, Mr. Tard^ and Mr. Holmes, 
be a Committee, to prepare and bring in a Bill for fhiking the Sum 
of 30,ooo£. and making Provifion for the Forces of this Colony, Stc. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Hmcock, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Dehart, and Mr. Hoggland, be a 
Committee to prepare and bring in a Bill for Support of Government. 

The feveral Petitions from Prifoners for Debt, was read the fecond 
Time ; and the Houfe taking the fame into Confideration. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Smith, Mr. Learning, Mr. Paxfon, Mr. Read, and Mr.' 
Miller, be a Committee to prepare and bring in a Bill for the relief 
of pcor diftrefTed Prifoners for Debt. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of New-Brunjwick, complaining of 
the Juftices and FreehoMers of Middlesex County, ordering Money 
railed, was read -the fecond Time and referr'd to the Confideration of 
the Houfe in the Afternoon. 

The Petition of William Hancock juhr. and others, praying leave to 
bring in a Bill for keeping the Tide off of the Meadows in Elfenbo- 
rough, in Salem County, was read the fecond Time. And the Houfe 
taking the fame into Confideration. 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill agreeable to the 
prayer of their Petition. 

Mr. Hancock, accordingly in behalf of faid Petitioners, brought in a 
Bill, entitled, An AU to enable the Owners of [ome Meadows and Marjhes 
at Elfenborough, in the County of Salem, to keep out the Tidejrom overflow- 
ing the fame. Which was read and ordered a fecond reading. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants, living on and adjoining Cohmfey 
Creek, in Cumberland County, praying, An Ac~l for draining the Mea- 
dows adjoining to faid Creek, which was prefented to the Houfe at 
the laft Seflions at E'izabeth-Town, and referred for confideration, was 
now read the iecorid time. 
Ordered, 
That the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill, agreeable to the 
prayer of their Petition. 

C Accord- 



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Accordingly Mr. Miller r in their Behalf, brought in a Bill entitled, 
An At! to enable the Owners of the two feveral Trails of Tide Mca* 
dow and Marjh, lying and adjoining on the North Jide of Cohanlie-Creek, 
&c. which was read and ordered a fecond reading. 

The Houfe adjoum'd till two T. M. 

The Houfe met. 

• The Houfe refumed the Confideration of the Complaint of the Inha- 
bitants ot New-Brmifwick, againft the Juftiees and Freeholders of Mid- 
dlesex County, and being informed that James 'Thompfon, James Smith, 
and Jonathan Frazee, Efqrs. were the Juftiees who (in Conjunction with 
the Freeholders) made the Order complained of for railing Money, and 
on Confideration of the Complaint, 
Ordered, 
That the Serjeant at Arms give Notice to James Thompfon, James 
Smith and Jonathan Frazee, Efqrs. Juftiees, and to the refpeclive Free- 
holders of each Townfhip in faid County of Midalefex, to attend the 
Houfe on Friday next at two o'Clock in the Afternoon, to anfwer the 
faid Complaint ; and that the Complainers do likewife attend at the 
fame Time in order to fupport the Allegations fet forth in their Com- 
plaint ; and that the Clerk ferve the faid Juftiees and Freeholders with 
a Copy of the faid Complaint, on their paying for the fame. 

The Petition from the County of Bergen, refpe&ing the Bridges in 
the feveral Precincb being built at a County Charge, which was prefent- 
ed to the Houfe, at Elizabeth-Town in April laft, and then referred ; was 
now read the fecond time. 
Ordered^ 

That the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill for the purpofes a- 
forefaid the next Seflions of General Affembly; Provided that public 
Notice is given to the Parties concerned, that they may make their 
Objections to palling faid Bill, if any they have. 

The Bill entituled, An Att to enable the Owners oj fame Meadows 
and Marjbes, at Elfenborough, in the County of Salem, to keep out the 
Tide from overflowing the fame-, was read the fecond time, and com- 
mitted to Mr. Smith, and Mr. Fifher. 

The Bill entituled, An Aft, to enable the Owners of the two feveral 
Tracts of Tide Meadow and Mar Jh, lying and adjoining to the North fide of 
Cohanfie-Creek, &c. was read the fecond time, and committed to Mr. 
Hancock, and Mr. Clement. 

Mr. Stevens obtained leave to be abfent till Thiufday next, on ur- 
gent Bufinefs. 

The 



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The Petition of Stephen V. Courlandt of Second River, praying At 
Aft for eflablifbingthe Rates of Ferry's over Pifjaick River, which was 
preiented to the Houfe, at the Seffions in April laft, and then referred 
to further Confideration, was now read the fecond time. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition be rejected. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clocfc, 

Jfednefday Aiigufl 6, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Hancock, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought 
in a Bill, for Support of Government, which W3S re2d and ordered a fecond 
reading. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill 
entituled, An Acl to enable the Owners of (ome Meadows and Mar floes 
at Elfenborough, in the County of Salem, to keep out the Tide from overflow- 
ing the fame; reported that they had gone rhro' the laid Bill, and made 
feveral Amendments thereto ^ which faid Bill with the Amendments be- 
ing read in their places, was agreed to by the Houie. 
Ordered, 

That the laid Bill as amended be engrofs'd. 

Mr. Ncv'itt from the Committee, appointed to examine what Laws 
have expired, or are nigh expiring by their own Limitation, Reported, 
that, 

An Acl for th: Revival and Continuance of an Acl, entitled an Acl, 
for the relief of poor diflreffed Prifonersfor Debt. 

An A! to prevent the Exportation of unmerchantable Flour to Foreign 
Markets, And, 

A Supplementary Aft, to the Ad entitled, An Acl to prevent the killing 
of Deer out of Seafon, and againfl carrying of Guns, and Hunting by Perfons 
not quallified. Are all expired by their own Limitation. 

Mr. Read, bv leave of the Houfe brought in a Bill er.titled, An Acl 
to pre\erve the Navigation of the Creeks and Rivulets within the Colony of 
New-Jerfey ; which was read and ordered a fecond reading. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought 
in a Bill, for the relief of poor diflreffed 'i n(ouers for Debt; which was read 
and ordered a fecond reading. 

A- Petition of the Inhabitants of Tiles Grove, in Salem County, was 
preiented to the Houfe, letting forth, that fume Peribns of late have 
offer'd to ftop and dam oiFbiman's Creek, to the great Prejudice of 

the 



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the Inhabitants, praying the Legiflature to prevent iuch Proceeding*, 
which was read and ordered a fecond reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd to a P. M 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill for the relief of poor difireffed Prifoners for Debt, was read the fe- 
cond Time and committed to Mr. Nevill, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Holmes. 

The Bill entitled, An All to preferve the Navigation of ^the Creeks and 
Rivulets within the Colony of New-Jerfey, was read the fecond Time, and 
committed to Mr. Learning, Mr. Newbold, Mr. Paxfon, and Mr. Ladd. 

Mr. Hancock, from the Committee, to whom was committed a Bill, 
cntituled An AH to enable the Owners of the two (everal 'Trails of Tide 
Meadow, and Marfh, lying and adjoining on the North Side cf Cohanfey 
Creek, &c. Reported the fame with feveral Amendments; which faid Bill 
with the Amendments being read in their Places, and fome other Amend- 
ments being made thereto in the Houfe, was agreed to. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended and agreed to, be EngroiVd. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Ftjher, and Mr. Tard, do wait on his Excellency and ac- 
quaint him, that an unavoidable Accident requiring the attendance of the 
Speaker at home, we are under the neceffity to defire his Excellency 
will permit the Houfe to choofc another Speaker* 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to morrow Morning nine o'Clock* 

Thurfday Augujl 7, i 75S . 

The Members met. 

Mr. hijber brought from his Excellency a Meflage in the following 
Words. 

• Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 
' 7 N anfwer to your Mejfage of yefierday, 1 am forry your Speaker is 
' * oblged to be abfent from the Houfe for fome Time, whereby their is a 
i nccejjity for fome Perfon to fupply his Place during his Ab fence, I am there- 
' fore Content that you proceed to the choice of another, to ferve in that Sta- 
1 tion, pro tempore, or until your Speaker is able to Return to his Duty, 
i but the choice be no otherwise; and the Perfon you choofe, to be prefented 
* to me as ufualfor my Approbation or not* 
Elizabe th-Town, 

Auguft 7 , 1755. J. BELCHER. 

The 



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The Members taking it into Confederation that great Inconveniencies 
may attend the removing to Elizabeth-Town at this Time, tho't it 
beft to defire by Exprefs, that Mr. Speaker would attend the Houfc 
again. An Exprefs was accordingly difpatch'd, and then Mr. Seoyetur^ 
by His Majefty's Writ adjourn'd the Houfe till to morrow. 

Friday Attgufl 8. 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill entitled, An A£i to enable the Owners of fome 
Meadows and Mar/bes at Elfenborough in the County of Salem, to keep 
out the Tide from overflowing the fame, was read and compared, and ojjj 
the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ladd and Mr. Vangefon do carry the faid Bill to th« 
Council for their Concurrence. 

The engroffed Bill entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners of tht 
two feveral Tracls of Tide Meadow and Marfb lying and adjoining on the 
North fide of Coh.nfey Greek, 2tc. was read and compared, and on the 
Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ladd and Mr. Vangefon do carry the faid Bill to the Council 
for their Concurrence. 

The Serjeant at Arms attending, Was called in, who informed this 
Houfe, that he had ferved the Order of the Houfe of Tnefday laft, on 
the Juflices and Freeholders' of Middlefex County. 

Mr.' Ladd reported, that Mr. Vangefon and himfelf, delivered the Bills 
with them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

According to the Order of the Day, the juftices and Freeholders of 
the County of M ddlefex, with the Complainers, attending at the Door, 
were called into the Houfej and the Complaint being read to the faid 
Juftices and Freeholders, fetting forth, that in June 1754, the Board of 
Juftices and Freeholders of faid County did pafs an Order for raifing the 
Sum of Thirty two Pounds on the City of New-Brunfwick, for the 
Repairs of Roads, but that the Affcffors did refufe afleffing the fame ; 
and that in June 1755, the faid Juftices and Freeholders renewed the 
faid Order, which they complain of as Contrary to a Law of this Colo- 
ny that appoints the Repairs of Roads to be a County Charge. In 
Anfwer to which the faid Juftices and Freeholders exhibitted a Mc- 

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morial, fctting forth, that what they did was, as they imagined, agree- 
able to equity, and confonant to the Laws of this Colony, and puifuant 
to a Petition to them exhibittcd from a Number of the Inhabitants of 
New-Brunfwick, defiring a Renewal of faid Order : And the Parties be- 
ing further heard in Support and Defence of faid Complaint, were then 
ordered to withdraw j and the Houle taking the above Matters into 
Confederation, 
Ordered, 
That the faid Jufticcs and Freeholders be called into the Houfe a- 
gain, and that Mr. Speaker inform them, that this Houfe is at this Time 
under fuch Circumftanccs as not to be able fully to difcufs the Affair : 
That it appears fomething doubtful whether their Proceedings arc 
ffrittly confonant to Law, and therefore would recommend them to a 
Review of their Proceedings ; and that they arc difcharged from fur- 
ther Attendance at this Time : Upon which the faid Parties were called 
in and informed thereof by the Speaker, and then they withdrew. 

Mr. Mddagh had leave to be abfent till Monday next. 

The Houie adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'clock. 

After which Mr. Secretary (by his Excellency's Direction) adjourn'd 
the Houfe by his Majefty'* Writ, to meet at Elisabeth Town to-morrow. 

Elizabetb-Ttrwrty Saturday Anguft 9 1 755. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered^ 
That Mr. Ftjber, and Mr. Hancock do wait on his Excellency, and ac- 
quaint him that the Houfe are met, agreeable to the adjournment of Yef- 
terday. 

Mr. Ftjbcr, reported, that Mr. Hancock and himfclf delivered the a- 
bove Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafcd to fay, he would fend 
for the Houfe as foon as there were a quoram of the Council met. 

The Houfe adjourn'd to a P. M 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

1 Mr. Speaker, 
1 His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the Council 
* Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Hoofe went to 

wait 



wait on his fixcellchcy, who was pleafed to make the following Speech 
to the Council and Houfc of Affcmbly. 

* Getitlemen of the Council and of the General AJJembly, 

SINCE the opening of this Seffion, by my Speech of the firft Inftant, 
I have a Letter from Governor De Lancey of New-Tork, with fe- 
veral Papers inclofed of great Importance to this and all the Englijb 
Colonies in North-America, and thefe Things the Secretary fhall deliver 
yoa. 

'As the Province of the Majdchufetts are railing with all Expedition 
Ftve Hundred frefli Recruits, and New-Tork Four Hundred, I am fully 
of Opinion the beft aid and affiftance we of this Province can give, 
will be in the railing as many Men as we poffibly can, and to fend 
them with the grcateft difpatch to join Col. Schuyler's Regiment under 
the Command of General Shirley. 

' We muft not fink under the Gloom of the late unhappy Event, but 
as becomes true Englijb Men, our Spirits muft rife with our difficul- 
ties, and we muft make the more ftrong and vigorous pufh to c- 
merge out of them. 

' Upon reading the Governor of Nova-Scotia's Letter, to the Gover- 
nor of the Mafiachufttts, I think it my Duty to repeat, and to prcfi 
upon you the palling of a Law without delay, in Uriel Prohibition of 
Provifiohs of any kind from this Province for three Months to come ; 
the Act to be fo reftrided and qualified as may be the leaft detri- 
mental to ourfelves or our Neighbours; For altho' the Governor may 
ifTue Proclamations of Embargo, yet it is the Legiflaturc only, that 
can impofe Mulets, and Fines on fuch Offenders, as fhall prefumc 
contrary to Nature and Reafon, to fupply our Enemies with Proyi- 
fions, and thereby prevent their falling a Prey into our Hands. 

* Although I have once and again recommended to you the revif- 
ing and amending the Militia Act, yet I muft again recommend it 
to your ferious Confideration, as a thing abfolufely necclTary to defend 
and lave the poor People of this Province on the Frontiers, from the 
mercileis Depredations and Cruelties of the French and Indiatis : For as 
we have no regular Troops, we have (under GodJ no Force or Hope 
but what we may expect from the Militia of the Province, and it ought 
therefore to be put under a better Regulation, than it might be on a 
common occafion. 

* Gentlemen, 

' As any thing new comes to my hands, I fhall be communicating it 

* to youj and I pray God to direct you into your Deliberations, in thfc 
' beft meafures for lengthening out the Welfare and Ptofperity of the 

* Good People under our Care.' 
Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, 

Angufi p, 1755. J. BELCHER. 

And 



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And then his Excellency informed the Houfe,. that he had Ordered 
the Secretary to adjourn the Houfe by Writ, to meet ztAmboy on Mon- 
day next. And Mr. Secretary adjourn'd the Houfe accordingly. 

Terth-Amboy, Monday Attguft u, 1755. » 

The Houie met. 

His Excellency's Speech of Saturday laft, was read and ordered a Hc- 
cond reading. 

Mr. Secretary laid before the Houfe, the feveral Letters referred to 
in his Excellency's Speech, which were alfo read. 

Mr. Nevill from, the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill entit- 
led,^;; Attfor the Rcliej of poor diftrej/ed P rif oners for Debt ; reported that 
the Committee had gone thro' the £ud Bill, and made feveral Amend- 
ments thereto ; which he read in their Places, and delivered in at the Ta- 
ble ; where the faid Bill with the faid Amendments, being again read', 
was agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered) 

That the laid Bill as amended be engrofs'd. 

On a Motion being made, that a confiderable miftake was committed 
in the Settlement of the Loan Office Accounts of Gloucester County, 
and it being inconvenient to go into the Examination thereof at this 
Time, "Jacob Spicer, Efq ; on behalf of the Commiffioners of faid Loan 
Office, produced their Vouchers, whereby it appears, they have paid in- 
to the Treafury, in the Years 1748,1749, 1750, 1751, 175a, and 1753, 
30oijf. 5 s. $d. in cancelled Bills; and in Intercft Money the Sum of 
3i7£. 1 3 J. $d. i. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock; 

Tnefday Angufl ia, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from the Surveyors of the Highway, for the Counties of 
Somerjet, Hunterdon, and Morris, was prefented to the Houfe; letting 
forth the hardfhips they labour under by being obliged to attend the 
laying out and altering Public Roads at their own private expence and 
lofs of time, without any Reward or Fee, praying An Acl for appointing 
a Reward for [itch Services; which was read and ordered a fecond reading. 

The Petition of Michael King, Adam Agee, and others, Foreigners, 
for Naturalization, was read the fecond time; and the faid Petitioners 
producing a Certificate to the Houfe, certifying that they have taken 

the 



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cW^n 31 , 03 */ f ° "? G°™«™<*, and madear.d CuMcribed the De- 

claration according to Law. 



Ordered, 



A Pedtion of the Inhabitants of Tiles Grove, in the County of Sa 

fv!,„? 7 u / an £ one othcr PetitIon f rom Salem and G/mc*/?^ 
Counnes, of the fame Tenor of the other, was alfo read. ^ of4c W 

cntkkd^f'ir/ 116 ,?°T itt£e t0 -hom was committed the Bill 
The aL , K t0 ^r oe the M™&*'oh of the Creeks and Rivulets wkhh 
*h^fm^%' fP" e J« with feveral Amendments, 
rgtVto % the Houfe. e AmendmentS bein S «* - their Places, was' 
Ordered, 
That the laid Bill as amended be engrofs'd. 

A fJ^v ? °[J° bn ****&**, «nd others Foreigner* fravinS an 
At for Naturalisation, was prefented to the Houfe ad J d Z 
Pet.uoners produced a certificate, certifying that they have 'taken he 
^ aS, PrdCnbed ^ LaW ' and 4fi£bcd tothe'Dedrration^c 
^That the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill for their Naturalize 

Mr. Fijber, from the Committee anoomted for th.t p r 

The Houfe accordingly kefolved itfelf into a Committee of the whnfe 
Hou c, on h.s Excellency's Speech, &c. After fome Time l'pcnt therein Mr 
Speaker relumed ^the Chair, and Mr. Hancock Ch^mTnT^lcom^' 

Rejolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 

E The 



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The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M. 

The Houfe met, 

The engroffed Bill entitled, An Act for the Relief of poor diflrejfed 
Tr ij oners for Debt, was read and compared, and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Fifbcr and Mr. Hancock do carry the faid Bill to the Council 
for their Concurrence. 

Mr. Fijber reported, that Mr. Hancock and himfelf delivered the Eil! 
with them entrufted to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on his Excellency's Speech, c\c. After fome Time fpent therein Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee, reported, that the Committee had gone thro' his Excellency's 
Speech, and come to feveral Refolutions- which by Order he reported 
as follows, viz. 
Refolved) 

That it is the unanimous Opinion of this Committee, that the main- 
taining and fupporting the five Hundred Men already raifed by this 
Colony for fome longer Time, is all the aid this Colony can poffibly 
give at this Time, and that his Excellency be informed thereof in the 
Addrefs of this Houfe. 
Refolved, 

That a Claufe be incerted in the Bill for making current Thirty Thou- 
fand 'TounJs, to empower his Excellency, or Commander in Chief for the 
Time b:ing, to raife the full Deficiencies of Men belonging to Col. 
Schuyler's Regiment, as fuch Deficiencies are from Time to Time notifyed 
from the Commander of the faid Forces. 
Refolved, 

That a Bill be prepared to continue the Law prohibitting Provifions, 
Naval or Warlike Stores, Kc. from being carried to the French • and 
that a Claufe be provided to enforce his Excellency's Proclamation of Sa- 
turday laft, relating to a Prohibition ; and to pr&vide that a Bond with 
Security {hall be entered into by the Boatmen carrying Goods to New- 
Tork and "Philadelphia, that they will deliver them agreeable to the Oath 
enjoined in the faid Proclamation. 

To all which feveral Reiblves the Houfe agreed, 

Refolved, 
That no Alteration fhall be made in the Militia Act. And on the 
Queftion whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not ? It paffed in the 
Affirmative. 

Yeas. 



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Yeas, 
Mr. fVetherill, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Read, 
Mr. Smithy 
Mr. NetDbold, 
Mr. Taxfon, 



Yeas, 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. M/fer, 

Mr. Learning, 
Mr. Sficer, 
Mr. Mddgah, 



Nays, 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Deharty 
Mr. Bradbury, 
Mr. iv/fo/-, 
Mr. BoggLvidy 
Mr. Vreland. 



Nays, 
Mr. Vangtfon, 
Mr. Tar^, 



Ordered, 

That Mr- i&W, Mr. Learning and Mr. 27?;-^, be a Committee to 
bring in a Bill for reftraining Provisions agreeable to the foregoing Re- 
folve. 

Mr. i&rti reported, that Mr. 7/zrJ and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. Middagh brought in a Bill entitled, An Ail for Naturalizing 
John Becclefheimef and others, which was read and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

And alfo a Bill entitled, An Aft for naturalizing Michael King,' Adam 
Agee and others , which was alfo read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Bill for Support of Government, was read the fecond time, and com- 
mitted tO a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole 
Houfe on the Bill for Support of Government. After feme Time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman 
of the Committee, reported that the Committee had made fome pro- 
grefs in the Bill to them referred ; and defired leave to lit again. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock. 

JVednefday Augttfl 13, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petition of the Surveyors of the Highways for the Counties of 
Somcr[et, Hunterdon, and Morris , for the Allowance of Fees for their 
Services, was read the fecond time, and referred to further confideration. 

The Bill entitled An 4ft for Naturalizing Michael King, Adam Agee, 
and ethers, was read the fecond Time and agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Bill be engrofled. 

The 



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The Bill entituled, An Act jor Naturalizing John Becclefheimer, aud 
Others^ was read the fecond Time, and agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Bill be cngrofs'd. 

The Houfe again refolyed itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on the Bill for Support of Government, after fome time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker relumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee reported, that the Committee, had made fome further Progrefs in 
the Bill to them referr'd, and defued leave to fit again. To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two T. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, Mr. PiJIoer, and Mr. Spicer, be a Committee Id 
infpect the Agents Accounts, and make report thereof to this Houfe. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, 
on the Bill for Support of Government. After fome time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, an .1 Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee, reported that the Committee had g"ne thro' the faid Bill to 
them committed, and come to feveral Refolutions, which he is directed to 
report when the Houfe will receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the report be made immediately. 

According to Order Mr. Hancock proceeded to report the Refolutions 
of the Committee, on the Bill for Support of Government, and fettling 
the Quotas, &c. as fellows, viz. 
Rcfohed, 

That in and by faid Bill when paffed into a Law, there be paid to 
his Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Efq ; at the rate of One Ihoufakd Pounds 
per Annum. 

To Samuel NeviU, Efq ; Second juftice of the Supreme Court, at the 
late of Twenty jive 'Founds per annum. 

To Richard Salter, Efq; Thid Ju ft ice of the Supreme Court, at the 
rate of Twenty five Pounds per annum. 

To Court laud Skinner, Efq; Attorney General of this Colony, at the 
rate of Thirty 'Pounds per annum. 

To Andrew Jobnfloh, and Samuel Smith, Elqrs; Treafurers of this Co- 
lony, at the rate of borty Toands per annum each. 

To Charles Read, Efq ; Clerk o: the Council, at the rate of Thirty 
'Pounds per annum. 

To Richard Partridge, Eiq; Agent of tins Colony, at the rate of 
Eighty 'Pounds per annum. 

To 



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To John Smyth, Efq ; Clerk of the Circuits of this Colony, at the 
rate of Twenty Pounds per annum. 

To the Door-keeper of the Council, at the rate of Ten Pounds per 
annum. 

To the Chief Juftice, or any one of the Juftices of ihe Supream Court, 
for attending Circuit Courts, and Courts of Oyer and Terminner, in the 
manner preicribed by faid Ad, the Sum of Ten Pounds each time. 

To each of the'Council for the time they refpe&ively have attended, 
or fhall attend, at this or any fitting of General AfTembly within the 
Time aforefaid, fix Shilling? per diem- 

To the Clerks of the Houfe of Reprefentatives for their Attendance, 
the Sum of eight Shilltngs per diem; alfo four pence per fheet, reckon- 
ing Ninety Words to the fheet, for entering the Minutes fair in the 
Book, and Copying the Laws and Minutes for the Printer. Alio to 
Abraham Clark, junr. one of the Clerks, in full for his Account to this 
SclHon, the Sum of Twenty one Pounds, nine Shillings and four-pence^ and 
alfo Forty Shillings for Pen Ink and Paper at this Seffion. 

To the Secretary, for Charges attending ExprelTes to this Time, the 
Sum of Nine 'Pounds four Shillings. 

To Samuel NeviU, and Phillip Kerney, Efqrs ; in full for their Accounts 
for complying the late Book of Laws of this Colony, the Sum of one 
Fkndr, d Pounds. 

To the Trealurer of the Eaftern-Dhifiou, for an Exprefs to Alexandria^ 
the Sum of Fifteen Pounds. 

To Andrew John/Ion, Efq ; the Sum of eight Pounds two Shillings ^ to 
replace Money advanced by him, for a Copy of the late Treaty at Al- 
bany, provided the faid Copy is procured for the ufe of this Houfe. 

To Richard Partridge, Efq; Agent of this Colony, in full of his Ac- 
count, to the 1 5th of January laft the Sum of 

To Jehu Redford, Efq; for erecting Beacons, and a Watch-Houfe 
at Navafinks, the Sum of Fourteen Pounds nine Shillings. 

To William Bradford, for printing the Minutes of the Houfe of Re- 
prefentatives, of this or any other fitting during the continuance of this 
Act, and for printing the Laws paffed this or any other fitting as afore- 
faid, fuch Sums as Charles Read, Hendrick Fijher, John John/ion, Hen- 
ry Paxfou, and John Ladd, Efqrs ; or any two of them fhall agree to 
be paid for the faid Services. 

To siaron Learning, and Jacob Spicer, Efqrs. or either of them, the 
Sum of two fence per fheet for printing, 170 Volumes of the Conceffions, 
Agreements, Laws, Records, and Papers, relating to the Fundamental 
Conftitutions of this Colony, with a reaibnable allowance for the Binding. 

To the Serjeant at Arms for the Time being, who hath or fhall at- 
tend the Houie of Reprefentatives, during the faid Term, the Sum 
of three Shillings per Diem. 

To the Serjeant at Arms for the Time being, who hath or fhall attend 
the Council as aforefaid, the Sum of three Shillings per diem. 

To the Door-keeper of the Houfe of Reprefentatives for the Time be- 
ing, who hath or fhall attend in manner aforefaid, the Sum of three 
Shillings and fix-pence per diem. 

F To 



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To Jacob Dehart, Efq; to pay Thomas Fox, Mary Dennis, and 'Jam 
Syers, the Sum of Twenty Shillings per Week, for the ufe of a Room, 
Fire Wood and Candles, for the Houfe during this and the late fittings 
of AfTembly. 

To Andrew Johnfton, Efq ; the Sum of Fifteen Shillings per Week, to 
pay for the ufe of a Room, Fire- Wood, and Candles for the Council, 
during this or any other fitting within the faid Time. 

To each of the Members of this Houfe, the Sum of fix Shillings per diem 
for the Time they have refpedively attended or fhall attend at this 
or any other fitting during the Time aforefaid. 

To all which feveral Sums the Houfe agreed. 

And on the Queftion whether the faid Bill be engrofTed or not ? it 
parTed in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Bill be engrofTed. 

The Bill entitled, An AB for printing Thirty Thoufand Founds in Bills 
of Credit, &c. was read the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee 
of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to 
confider the Bill entitled, An AEl for printing Thirty Thoufand 'Founds in 
Bills of Credit, 5Cc. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed 
the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them 
referred, and defired leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to morrow Morning nine o'Clock' 

Thurfday Augiift 14, 1755. 

The Houfe met* 

The engrofTed Bill entitled, An Acl for naturalizing Michael King, 
Adam Agee and others, was read and compared, and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the Bill do pafs. 

The engrofTed Bill entitled, An All for naturalizing John Becclefhei- 
mer and others, was read and compared, and on the Queftion, 
Rvfolved, 
That the Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Vangefon and Mr. Middagh do carry the faid Bills to the 
Council for Concurrence. 



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A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the 
Houfe, that whatever his own Inclination might be, it was abiblutely 
out of his Power to give the Thirty Thoufand Pounds to be emitted 
by the Bill now before the Houfe, a Currency longer than five Years ; 
and would therefore recommend it to the Houfe to fave the Time and 
Trouble the preparing fuch a Bill may Occafion. 

Mr. Vangefon reported, that Mr. Middagh and himfelf, delivered the 
Bills with them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd to a P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe refuming the Confideration of his Excellency's Meffage 
of this Morning by Mr. Secretary, and a Debate arifing, the Queftion 
was put, whether the Houle will agree to an Emiffion of Paper Bills 
of Credit to be funk in five Years by Provincial Taxes in lieu of 
the Thirty Thoufand Pounds before agreed on ? It Was carried in the 
Affirmative. 
Revived, 

That the Sum of Fifteen Thoufand Pounds be forthwith raifed in 
Paper Bills of Credit, to be funk by Provincial Taxes in annual Pay- 
ments of Five Thoufand Pounds per Year, for the laft three of the 
five Years, and the firft Payment to be made the arft Day of Novem- 
ber 175S. 

Mr. Smith from the Committee appointed to infpect the Agents Ac- 
counts, reported, that they had fully inipe&ed the fame to the ijth of 
January 1755, and find a Ballance due to the faid Agent of Two 
Hundred Eighty five Pounds five Shi. lings and four Pence. 

To which the Houfe agreed. 
Ordered, 

That the laid Sum of Two Hundred Eighty five Pounds five Shillings 
and four Pence, be provided for and entered among the Incidental 
Charges in the Support Bill. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Ogden y acquainting the Houfe, 
that the Council have palled the Bill entitled, An Aft to freferve the 
Navigation oj the Creeks and Rivulets, &c. with fundry Amendments, to 
which they defire the Concurrence of this Houfe. 

And the faid Amendments being read in their Places, on the Queftion 
were agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered^ 
That the faid Bill as amended, be re-engrofVd. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
to proceed on the Bill for making current Fifteen Thoufand Pounds in 

Bills 



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Bills of Credit, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker re- 
fumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, reported, that the Committee had 
gone thro' the faid Bill, and made feveral Amendments thereto, which 
he was ready to report when the Houfe would be pleafed to receive 
the fame. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Report be made to-morrow morning. 

Mr. Wetherill from the Committee appointed to draw the Draught 
of an Addrefs to his Excellency, reported the fame, which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock* 

Friday Augufl 15, 1735. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill re-engrofs'd with the Councils Amendments, entitled, An 
Act to preferve the Navigation oj the Rivers and Creeks within the Colony 
of New-Jerfey, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ladd and Mr. Clemens do carry the fame to the Council, 
and inform them, that this Houfe have paffed the faid Bill with their 
Amendments. 

The Addrefs to his Excellency was read the fecond Time, and a- 
greed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

According to order, Mr. Hancock from the Committee of the whole 
Houfe, to whom was committed the Bill for making current Fifteen 
Thousand Pounds in Bills oj Credit, oCc. reported the fame- : Which faid 
Bill, with the Amendments thereunto made, was read and agreed to 
by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the laid Bill be engroffed. 

The engroffed Bill entitled, An Ac~l for fupport of Government, £Cc. 
was read and compared, and on the Queftion, 
Refolved nemitie Contradicenti, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

O, dercd, 
That Mr. Fijhcr and Mr. Hancock do carry the faid Bill to the Coun- 
cil for Concurrence. 

Mr. Tard from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in 
a Bill entitled, An Act effectually to prevent the French King and his 

Sub* 



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Subject's from behig fupplied with Trovifions, Naval and ffarlrke Stores 
from New-Jerfey, which was read and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Fijher, reported, that Mr. Hancock and himfelf delivered the Bil! 
with them entrufted to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd to a P. M 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill entitled, an Act effectually to prevent the Fretich King and 
his Subjects from being fupplied, Re. was read the fecond Time, and 
committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into, a Committee of the whole Houfe to 
confider the Bill entitled, an Act effectually to prevent the French King 
and bis Subjects from king [applied, &c. After fome Time fpent there- 
in, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hanco.k reported, that the 
Committee had gone through the laid Bill, which was read in its 
Place and agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engroffed. 

Mr. Ladd reported, that Mr. Clement and himfelf delivered the Bill 
with them entrufted, to the Speaker of the Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock, 

Saturday Augnft \S 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill entitled, an Act for making current ij,oool. cvc. 
Was read and compared, and on the Qucftionj 
Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ei/Jjer and Mr. Witheril do carry the faid Bill to the Coun- 
cil for Concurrence. 

A MefTage from the Council by Mr. Remble, acquainting the Houfe, 
that the Council have paffed the Bill entitled, an Act for the Re- 
lief of poor d'if reffed Pri [oners for Debt. And the Bill entitled, An Act for 
naturalizing Michael King, Adam Agee and others. And the Bill en- 
titled, an Act for naturalizing John Becclefheimer aud others • together 
with feverai Amendments to the faid Bills, to which they defire the 
Concurrence of this Houfe. 

G . The 



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The Houfe taking into Confideration the Amendments made by the 
Council to the Bill entitled, An A£ for the Relief of poor diftrefled 
Prifoners for Debt ; and on the Queftion whether the fame as amended 
be agreed to or not? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be re-engrofs'd 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the Council Amendments to the 
Bill entitled, An AU for Naturalizing Michael King, AdamAgee and 
others, and the Bill entitled, ./In AEl for naturalizing John Becclefheimer 
and others ; and on the Queftion whether the faid Amendments be 
agreed to or not ? It palled in the Negative. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Tard and Mr. Bradbury do carry back the faid Bills and 
Amendments to the Council, and acquaint them, that this Houfe difa- 
grees to faid Amendments, and Adheers to faid Bills. 

Mr. Fi/ber reported, that Mr. Ifetherill and himfelf delivered the Bill 
with them entrufted to the Speaker of the Council. 

Mr. Smith had leave to be abfent on extraordinary Occafions. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning nine o'Clock. 

Monday Augujl 18, 1755. 

The Houle met. 

The engroffed Bill entitled. An Aci more effectually to prevent the 
French jrom being fuppli d with Trovi/ions, &c. was read and compared, 
and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pafs or not ? It was 
carried in the Affirmative. 

Yeas, 
Mr. Wether ill, 
Mr. Bradbury, 
Mr. Vr eland, 
Mr. Read, 
Rejolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Newbold and Mr. Bradbury do carry the faid Bill to the 
Council for their Concurrence. 

Mr. lard reported, that Mr. Bradbury and himfelf delivered the Bills 
&c. with them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill have the Care, Keeping and Cuftody of all the 
Statutes, Laws, etc. belonging to the Eaftcrn Divifion of thi* Colony, 

that 



Yeas, 




Yeas, 




Nays, 


Mr. Newbold, 


Mr. 


Hancock, 


Mr. 


Holmes, 


Mr. Taxfon, 


Mr. 


Miller, 


Mr. 


Learning, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. 


Tard, 


Mr. 


Spcer, 


Mr. Clement, 


Mr. 


Middgah, 







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that have been purchafcd for the Ufe of the General Affembly j and 
that Mr. Read have the Care and Cuftody of thofe belonging to the 
Weftern Diviilon as aforefaid, and that they refpe&ively give Receipts 
to Mr. Speaker for fuch Books, and fee the fame forth coming to 
the General Affembly when by them required. 

Mr. Newbold reported, that Mr. Bradbury and himfelf, delivered the 
Bill with them entrufted, to the Speaker of the Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M. 

The Houfe met, 

The Bill re-engroffed with the Councils Amendments, entitled, Ail 
Aft for the Relief of poor dijlreJJedPrijoners jor Debt, was read and com- 
pared, and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Fifber and Mr. Spicer do carry the faid Bill to the Council 
and inform them, that this Houfe have palled the faid Bill with their 
Amendments. 

Mr. Ft/her reported, that Mr. Spicer and himfelf delivered the faid 
Bill to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nineo'Clock. 

Tuefday Auguft 1 9, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

-A Motion being made, and the Queftion put, whether James Par- 
ker of Woodbridge, or William Bradford of Philadelphia, fhall print the 
Votes and Minutes of the General Affembly during the Continuance 
of the prefent Bill for Support of Government? It was carried for faid 
Bradford as follows. 



For Bradford, 
Mr. Fijber, 
Mr. Ready 
Mr. Newbold, 
Mr. Taxfon, 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Hancock^ 



For Bradford 
Mr. Miller, 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. Spicer, 
Mr. Tard 



For Parker 
Mr. Nevill, 
Mr. IVetherill, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Bradbury, 
Mr. Hoggland, 
Mr. Vrelatid, 
Mr. Vange{on, 
Mr. Ladd, 
Mr: Middagh, 



Ordered;, 



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Ordered, 
That William Bradford do print 295 Setts of the Votes of this Houfe, 
being firft pefufed and figned by the Speaker, and lend 52 to the 
Treafurer of the Weftern Divifion, to be diftributed as follows. 



To the Governor 
Each of the Council 
The Agent 



8 The Officers of the Houfe ? 

2 and Council each S 

6 To the Clerk of the Houfe 7 

for the ufe of the Houfe J 



I 

4 



And that the Printer deliver to the Members of the Houfe, or 
their Order, as follows. 



For Perth-Amboy 


10 


Gloucefter 


16 


Middlefex 


16 


Salem 


10 


Monmouth 


5 6 


Cape-May 


ii 


Effex 


25 


Hunterdon 


24 


Somerfet 


iH 


Morris 


12 


Bergen 


16 


Cumberland 


10 


City of Burlington 


10 


Suffex 


12 


County of Burlington 


16 







Ordered, 
That the King's Printer ol this Colony- do forthwith print three 
Hundred and Fifty four Copies of the Laws which may be paffed 
this Sefllon (together with the Ad paffed in the Seventeenth Year of 
his prefent Majefty's Reign, entitled, An AB for the Relief ofpoordif- 
trejfed Pri [oners for Debt) and fend three Hundred and twenty of them 
as foon as poffible to the feveral Members of this Houfe. 



For the Ufe of Middlefex 


28 


Gloucefter 


0.6 




Monmouth 


3° 


Salem 


21 




Effex 


16 


Cape-May 


15 




Somerfet 


20 


Hunterdon 


34 




Bergen 


17 


Morris 


1% 




Burlington 


5° 


Cumberland 
Suffex 


21 

24 




To be diftributed in each County as follows. 






To the Members each 1 




Colledor of each County 


1 


Firft Judge of the County 1 




Colle&ors of each PrecincT: 


1 


Clerk of the County 1 




Affeffors each 




1 


Clerk of each Prccindl 1 




Clerk of each Corporation 


1 


Mayors each 1 











And the faid Printer fhall fend the Remainder to either of the Trea- 
furcrs to be given as follows. 

To 



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To the Governor 4 Treasurers each I 

Each of the Council i Attorney General 1 

Each of the Judges of ? Clerks of the Houfe each t 

the Supreme Court £ The Agent 4 

Clerk of faid Court \ The Clerk of the Houfe? 

for each Office \ for the Ufe of the Houfe $ * 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Salter, as follows. 

" Ordered that Mr. Salter do carry back to the Affembly the twd 
" Bills for draining of Meadows, with the Petitions for them, and ac- 
*' quaint them, that as it appears not to this Houfe, that all concern'd in 
s< Intereft are agreeing to the Purport of thefe Bills \ we do not think 
M ourfelves at Liberty to pafs them, till either it appears that all con- 
lt cerned in Intereft do agree, or that Publick Notice of the Intention 
" of applying for the palling of fuch Bills be given in the News-Papers 
ct of Philadelphia, that thofe ^vho have any Objection to them, may be 
u heard, and that fuch Notice be given at leaft fix Weeks before the 
M further Application for palling of fuch Bills." 

Alfo a Meflage from the Council by Mr. Saltar, acquainting the 
Houfe that the Council have receeded from their Amendment to the Bill, 
entitled, An Act for Natural zing John Becclefheimer and others, and 
agreed to the Bill. And that they have alio receeded from their Amend- 
ment to the Bill entitled, An Act for Naturalising Michael King, Adam 
Agee, and others, and agreed to the Bill. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two T. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Kemble % acquainting the Houfe 
that the Council have paffed a Bill entitled, An Act to prevent /&? French 
from being fupplyed with Provi/w/;s,&lc. And alfo the Billentituled,^ AH 
pr Support of Government of his Majejiy's Colony of New-Jerfey, to Com- 
mence the 1 1 ft Day of May, i 755, and to end the 21ft Day of May, 1 756". £Cc. 
And alfo the Bill entitled, An A£l for making Current Fifteen Thoufana 
Pounds in Bills of Credit, &c. all without any Amendments. 

The engrolYd Addrefs to his Excellency was read and compared. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do Sign the fame, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Dehart, and Mr. Vangefon, do wait on his Excellency, and 
defire to know when he will be waited on by the Houfe with their 
Addrefs, 

Mr. Read, informed the Houfe, that fome Gentlemen of Honour and 

H Intereft 



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Intcreft in this Colony, have offered to fend to England, for Five Hun- 
dred good Stands of Arms for the ufe of this Colony, and Charge no 
more for them, then the prime Colt, and Shipping Charge, if the Le- 
giflature will refolve that this Colony will repay the Expcnce in 
Twelve-Months ; and that he was requefted to inform the Houfe of Af- 
ferably thereof, 

And on the Queftion whether the Houfe do accept of faid offer or not? 
it paired in the Affirmative, 

Yeas Yeas Nays 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Vreland, Mr. Wetherill, 

Mr. Johnfion, Mr. Fangefon, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Read, Mr. Newbold, 

Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Ladd, Mr. 'Paxfon, 

Mr. Ftjber, " Mr. Tard Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Hoggland, Mr; Middagb, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Learning, 
Mr. Spcer, 
Refbhed, 

That the General AfTembly will provide for the Payment for the 
laid Five Hundred Stands of Arms, on the Terms aforefaid. 

And then Mr. Secretary, by his Excellency's Direction, adjourn'd the 
Houfe by his Majefty's Writ of Adjournment to meet at Eli&abeth- 
To-uvn to morrow. 

« 

Elizabeth-Town, Wednesday Augufl io y 1755. 
The Houfe met, agreeable to his Majefty's Writ of Adjournment. 

Mr. Dehart reported, that Mr. Vangefon and himfelf delivered the 
Meifage of the Houfe of Yefterday to his Excellency, who was pleafed 
to fay, the Houfe fhould hear from him as foon as a Quorum of the 
Council were met. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens do carry the Refolve of this Houfe 
of Yefterday (refpe&ing the Five Hundred Stands of Arms) to the 
Council, and delire their Concurrence thereto. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf delivered the above 
Refolve of this Houfe, with their Meffage, to the Speaker in Council. 

A Meifage from the Council by Mr. Ogden, acquainting the Houfe, 
that the Council have concurred with their Refolve relating to the five 
Hundred Stands of Arms. 

Mr. Secretary brought from his Excellency the Refolve of this Houfe, 
with the Councils Concurrence and his Excellency's Affent thereto, in 
the Words following. 

New- 



New-Jerfey, Affembly Oiamber Auguft t£. 1755. 
" Mr. Read informed the Houfe, that fome Gentlemen of Honour 
*' and Intereft in this Colony, have offered to fend to England fot 
" Five Hundred Stands of Arms for the Ufe of this Colony, and 
" Charge no more for them than the Prime Coft and Shipping Charges, 
" if the Legiflature will Refolve that this Colony will repay the Etf« 
" pence in twelve Months ; and that he was requeited to inform the 
" Houfe of Affembly thereof. 

" And on the Queftion whether the Houfe do accept of faid Offer 
u or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
« Refolved, 
" That the General Affembly will provide for the Payment for the 
" faid Five Hundred Stands of Arms, on the Terms aforefaid. 
" Affembly Chamber Augufl ao. 1755. 
" Ordered, 
** That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens do carry the above Refolve of thii 
Houfe of Yefterday to the Council, and defire their Concurrence thereto, 

By Order of the Houfe, 

" Robert Lai£jreme y Speaker. 
" Council Chamber Auguji ao. 1755. 
" This Houfe Concur with the above Refolve. 

By Order of the Houfe. 

" James Alexander, Speaker. 
" Auguft ao. 1755. I affent to the above Refolve of the Affembly 
tC and his Majefty's Council. 

" J. Belcher. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

1 Mr. Speaker, 
' His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the Council 
* Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to 
wait on his Excellency, and delivered their Addrefs in the Word* fol- 
lowing. 

To His Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER, Efq; Captain General 
and Governor in Chief, in and over His Majefty's Province of New- 
Jerfey and Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor and 
Vice Admiral in the fame, t\c. 

The humble Addrefs of the Representatives of the faid Province in 

General Affembly met. 

May it pleafe pur Excellency, 

WE His Majefty's moft dutiful and loyal Subjects the Reprefenta- 
tives of the Colony of New-Jerfey in General Affembly met, 
being nearly affe&ed at the News or General Braddoctts Retreat and 

Deatk 



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Death* do fincerely join in the univerfal Concern on fo melancholly 
an occafion. 

When the unexampled Intripidity of that great, tho' unfortunate 
General, and his Officers, is compared with every Circumftances attend- 
ing the whole Affair, it makes an Event not lets alarming than hard to 
be accounted for by human Rcafon, and mult therefore remain among 
the fec'ret Councils of unerring Wifdom, who yet upon a fuitable Hu- 
miliation, by an ealy turn of his Providence can give Succefs to the 
Britifh Caufe, in a manner that may not only revive, but extend our 
Hopes, and make the lofs of thofe brave Men who fell on the Banks 
of the MonongaMa more fupportable k 

Having no Reafon to doubt but that his Majefty's Southren Co- 
lonies upon a defirable Union among themfelves, will on an Exertion 
of their Power, be found greatly fuperior to any Force the French can 
bring to Fort De JZuefne, we think it the moft advifable that the whole 
Strength which this Colony can lpare, fhouli be bent to the Mainte- 
nance of our Regiment under Col. Schuyler, and keeping it compleat 
and effective ; and we beg your Excellency will believe this to be our 
fixed Sentiments founded upon mature Deliberation. 

The Maintenance of this Regiment, for the Time expe&ed, will be 
attended with an Expence, which under our prefent unhappy Circum- 
ftances will be difficult to difcharge; our very great Difappointment in 
refpect to the Faper Money Bill, lent home for his Majefty's Approba- 
tion ; the late uncommon dry Seafons, by which the Crops in feveral 
Parts of this Colony have in a great Meafure failed; and the Scarcity of 
a Currency at this Time ; are Circumftances that do not equally affect 
many of the other Colonies, and confidcred with our known inferiority 
in Point of Wealth and Number of People, mult apologize for our 
not enlarging the Number of our Men in the manner your Excellency de- 
fires. 

As your Excellency, fince you was pleafed to recommend to us the 
providing a proper Law to lay an Embargo in this Colony, hath thought 
proper, with the Advice and Confent of his Majefty's Council, to do 
it by Proclamation, we doubt not but when it is enforced by a proper 
Law, it will have the defired Effect ; and therefore we fhall not fail to 
ufe our beft Endeavours to render your Excellency's care effectual. 

With Regard to the Arms with which Governor Dhrjuiddie fupplied 
this Colony, we are informed by the Commiffioners, that they are 
all paid for purfuant to the Agreement, and Governor Dinwiddle's Or- 
der, and we hope to his full Satisfaction. 

Altho we have lately given your Excellency our Opinion in refpect 
to the Militia Bill; as you were pleafed to take this Occafion to recom- 
mend 



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mend the Confideration of it again : We aflure yoar Excellency it hath 
been now fully reconfidered by us, and being made in War Time with 
Provifion in extraordinary Cafes, we are ftill of Opinion that it is not 
Neceflary to make an Alteration in it. 

Your Excellency will perceiye by the Bills which this Houfe have fent 
Up to his Majefty's Council, and which will be laid before you for 
your Affent, that the Government is cheerfully and amply fupported for 
the ufual Time. 

AJfembly Chamber ; Auguji 19th. 1755. 
By Order of the Houfe, 

Robert Lawreme, Speaker. 

After which his Excellency was pleaied to give his affent to the fol- 
lowing Bills Enacting the fame, viz. 

i. A11 Ail for making current Fifteen Thoufahd Founds in Bills of Credit, 
for the further fupply and pay of the Forces , lately raifed in this Colony, under 
the Command of Col. Peter Schuyler and for diretling the manner bow 
the faid Fifteen Thoufand Pounds Jhall be funk. 

2. An Act more tffctlually to prevent the French from being fupp lied with 
Prov'tfions, Naval and Warlike Stores, from the Colony <?/New-Jerfey. 

3. An Ail for thefupport of Government, of his Majefly's Colony ofNew- 
Jerfey, to Commence the 21 ft Day of May, 1755, and to end the 21ft Day 
of May, 1 75 6, and to di> charge the public k Debts, and the Contingent Charges 
thereof; and for fettling the Quotas in the refpecJivd Counties and levying 
of a Provincial Tax. 

4. An /Ittto prefervethe Navigation of the Rivers and Creeks within the 
Colony of New-Jerlcy. 

5. An Acl for the Relief of poor DifireJfl'dTrifoners for Debt. 

6. An Act for Naturalizing John Beccleilaeimer, and others. 

7. An Act for Naturalizing Michael King, Adam Agee, and others. 

And then his Excelleny was pleafed to Prorogue the General Affem- 
bly to the Twenty fourth Day of September next to meet at Perth- Amboy. 



icmmsmmm3&mm 



B 



Y Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint iFilliam Bradford 
of Philadelphia, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, Speaker. 



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, B»„>* 




V O T E S 



AND 



• 



PROCEEDINGS 






OF THE 



Genera 




#* 



OF THE 



Province of NEW-JERSEY 

At a Convention begun and held at ELIZAB ETH- TOWN. 
on Wednesday the iath of November, 1755, 




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P HI L AD %L¥ HI A: 

Printed by William Bradford, Printer to the Province of 

New+Jerfey. 



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• 



VOTES 



OF THE 



General ASSEMBLY 



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ELIZABETH-TOWM, Wednesday November u. 1755. 

URSUANT to his Excellency's feveral Prorogations of the Ge- 
neral Affembly, from time to time, to this Day, the Houfe met$ 
and adjourned till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clocfc. 

'fburfday, November 13, 175$. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Tard do wait on his Excellency and ac- 
quaint him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed on Bufi- 
nefs are met, and are ready to receive any Thing he fhall pleafe to lay 
before them. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Tard and himfelf, delivered the a- 
bove Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would 
fend for the Houfe as foon as there were a Quorum of the Council 
met. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M. 
The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

' Mr. Speaker, 
* His Excellency is in the Council Chamber, and requires the At- 
* tendance of the Houfe immediately.' 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went 
to wait on his Excellency : And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed 
the Chair and reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, 

who 



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who was pleafed to make a Speech to the Connrli a «d tr r r 
Aflemb.y of which M, SftalJL he had to pre V t Mftate" 0D L f 

TCemlemen of the Council and of the General Mi„U 3 . 
HE prefent Situation of Affairs, in this Tune of common Dan- 

for your more particular Information, viz. Y ^ ' 

* *to*Mj ijjT. 13. 1755. The Lords juftices Order upon yourPe- 

Ltotfjhft ^A Th£ R ,:g ht £ Hono «^le Sir nomas Robing 
fetter, of the Expectation that /r*»n? wou'd proceed to an ooen 
Rupture with Great Britain, &c. F 

« Gawp atOJwego, Sept. 9. i 7i5 . General Afc^y, Letter of the ore- 
fent State of Things refpeding the King's Troops under hi Com- 
man* and of the Expediency of CommiiWrs from this and the 
neighbouring Governments, to meet at New-Tork the i«h Tnft.nl 

'Halifax October ,. i 755 . Admiral Bofcawen, Letter to Lieutenant 
fionsTX. ^ " t0 a Pr ° hlbiti0n ° f the Exportation of W 

' Mw-Caftkand?MaJeIphia t 08o6eri 9taa d November ,*r, r 
nor JW, Lctte wifhp;rticuJ.rl^nSKt£^^ 
ders and Depredations perpetrated bv the Fn-nrh ™«i t ^ I0US Mu L r 
poor diftrefs'd People of rLifrlvanil ^ ^^ ° n thc 

< November 7 i 75S . J ams ^derfon's Affidavit of an Alarm in the 

ST3S3*i5S%S the Approach of the Indians " ^"~ 

whTch e i e thi h nt SS ' G ™ tle ™ n > y ° U wiU carefull y deliberate «PO", and 
wh ch I think muft produce your wife Refolutions, of exerting all in 

you Power for maintaining the King's Intereft and Honour, !nd for 
tneiafe guard of the good People of this Province, and in Td and 

afliftancc 



( * ) 

■* affiftance of our poor diftreffed Neighbours, if it fhould finally be 
,' found absolutely necefTary. 

* I think it would be highly prudent to appoint, without delay, 

* a Commiflioner to meet the Commiffioners of the other Govern- 
4 ments at New- for k, the 15 th Inftant. 

* You will fee by Admiral Bofcawen's Letter, the ftarving Condi- 

* tion of the French at Canada and Cape-Breton are in, that I wifh 

* the Governments wou'd itill continue their Prohibitions of the Ex- 

* portation of Provisions and Warlike Stores. 

* I do in Juftice to Col. John Anderfon, of the County of Sujfex y men- 
' tion his great Alacrity in raifing four Hundred Men, and marching 

* them to the Defence of Eajl Town in Pennfylvania ; and which I hope 

* will infpirit the other Officers and private iVTen of the Province, to 

* exert themfdves in Defence of their People, in Cafe the Enemy 
' mould enter into any Part of this Province. And I am glad to fay 

* to you, that the People in general feem refolved, by the help of 

* God, to give the Enemy a warm Reception, wherever they may 

* come. 

' I would inform you, that upon the repeated Advices I received, I 
•* fent my Orders by Exprefs the laft Week, to every Colonel in the 
' Province, to mufler his Regiment and to fee they were well equit with 

* Arms and Ammunition according to Law, and to be ready to march on 
'•* the firft Notice of rhe Enemy's approach to any of our Frontiers: 
•' And I muft not leave this Article without earneftly recommending to 
a you the palling a Bill of ail poflible Encouragement to fuch braYe 

* Men as fhall voluntarily engage in the Service of their King and 
' Country. 

* .Although it is two Months ago fince His Majefty's Troops under 
{ the Command of the brave Major General Johnfon, and the brave 
t Major General Dman, gave the French and Indians fuch a remarkable 
t Defeat, yet I muft now firft of all for this, give Praife to the God of 
, A:mies, and then Congratulate you on this happy Occafion ; and at 
( the fame Time give my Thanks to theie prudent and brave Officers, 
( and to the Men that fought under them, with fo much Courage and 
'/ Intrepidity. 

' '••* As the Winter is juft at Hand, which may prevent the further pro- 
' ceedings on the Plan of Operations, for the Troops till towards the 
' Spring, I fhall not doubt your good and kind Care, that the Regi- 

* ment.of this Province be now, and always well and feafonably fup- 
' plied with good Provifions, and all Warlike Stores, to enable them 

* the better to encounter the Enemy. 

B Gv?. 



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1 God Almighty grant in the Time of this increafing Danger, that 

* not only the three Parts of the Legiflature may A& in great Har- 
1 mony, but that all the private Members of the Common Wealth, 

* may unitedly exert for the Defence of themfelves and of their 
4 Neighbours. 

Elizabeth-To r s.m, Council Chamber , J. BELCHER. 

November 13. 1755. 

His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe the frrtral 
letters and Papers referred to in his Speech, which wei e alfo read. 
Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a iecond Reading to-morrow 

Morning. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Ciock. 

Fridty, November \ 4. 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and with the 
Letters and Papers therein referred to, was committed to a Committee of 
the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly fefolved itfelf into a Committee of the 
whole Houle, on his Excellency's Speech, &c. After fome Time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mn Nevill, Chairman of 
the Committee, leportcd, that the Committee had gone through the 
Matters to them referred, and had come to a Refolution, that a hum- 
ble Addiefs be pre ented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his favour- 
able Speech. To which Report the Houfe agreed- 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Smith, and Mr. We- 
ther'tll, be a Committee to prepare the Draught of an Addreis to hit 
Excellency. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought 
in the Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency, which was read, and 
feveral Amendments being thereunto made, was agreed to by the 
Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. 

The engrofled Addrefs to his Excellency was read and compared. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do figa the fame. 

Qrdtrtdy 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith and Mr. Joknfton do wait on his Excellency, and 
defire to know when he will be waited on by the Houfe with their 
Addrefs. 

the Commiffioners appointed to furnifh the late Supplies for the 
Troops, having informed the Houfe, that in Confequence of certain 
Advices from CoL Schuyler and his Officers, they had purchafed a Blanket 
for each Soldier in the Regiment under his Command, on Condition that the 
Province fhould be reimburfed for that Expence out of the Wages of 
the Troops in Cafe the Houfe did not approve the Supply : And the 
Hoofe taking the fame into their Confideration, and believing the 
Supplies neceffary, and within the meaning of the hSt for providing 
for the faid Troops, are of Opinion, that the Commiffioners fhould 
be allowed in their Accounts for the faid Blankets and Expence of 
Conveyance, and that no Deduction be made out of the Wages of 
the Troops for the fame. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk, in the following Words, 

Ge ntlemen of the General AJfembly, 

* ■ ^HERE being no Money in the Treafury appropriated for any 
' JL incidental Charges of the Government, let the King's Service^ 
' or the fafety of the Province be never fo preffing, I cannot fend 

* ExprefTes on the moft emergent Occafion s I therefore defire the Houfe 

* would make a reafortable Provifion, that Perfons may not refufe to go 

* (as fome have already) unlets they cou'd have their Money paid them 

* immediately upon their having done their Duty.' 

4 Elizabeth Town, 

* Nov. 14. 1755. , J. BELCHER. 

The Houfe taking his Excellency's Meffage into Confideration. 

Refohed y 
That this Houfe will provide for the Repayment of all Monies 
that may be advanced by fending neceffary ExprefTes. 

Mr. Smith reported^ that Mr. John/ion and himfelf, delivered the 
Meffage of the Houfe with them entrufted, to his Excellency, who 
was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhould hear from him foon. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk. 

c Mr. Speaker, 
' His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the 

* Council Chamber immediately.' 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houie went 
to wait on his Excellency : And being returned, Mr. Speaker xefumed 

the 



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the Chair and reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, 
and prefented their Addrefs in the Words following. 

To His Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER, Efq-, Captain General 
and Governor in Chief, in and over his Majefty's Province of New- 
Jerfcy, and Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor and 
Vice Admiral in the Jame, &c. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Representatives of the [aid Province in 
General Affembly met. 



May it file a fe your Excellency, 



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r E His Majefty's moft dutiful and loyal Subjects the Reprefen- 
tatives ol the Colony of New-Jerfey in General Aflembly.met, 
canno* but expreis to your Excellency our Concern that we are fo un- 
happy as to be denied a Paper Currency on the Terms let forth in 
our humble Petition to His Majefty, as it would be of the greateft 
Ufe to this Colony. 

Perceiving by the Intelligence contained in Sir Thomas Robinfon's Let- 
ter, that the French feem likely to draw on a War, we hope to make 
a prudent Ufe of the kind Hint he has given of being on our guard. 

Having lately had feveral Inftances of Governor Shirley's Care over 
this Province, we take this Occafion to gratefully acknowledge it ; and 
in particular what your Excellency has now communicated from him 
reflecting a Commiffioner being fent from hence to afllft at the approach- 
ing Congre's at Neiv-Tork : But as we have never on any Occafion been 
concerned in fending Commifiioners, we do ndt now think it neceflary. 

The Regiment of Five Hundred Men under Col. Schuyler, which by 
the Act paffed laft Seflions, are fupported to fome time the next Sum- 
mer, are we apprehend a full Quota for us under our prefent Circum- 
ftances ; and when that expires, if the Reaions for continuing the faid 
Regiment on Foot is the fame, we doubt not of their being further 
Supported ; but we are well affured, the Occafion muft be very extra- 
ordinary to induce a Province already loaded as this is, tc add any Thing 
further. 

As the Aft for prohibiting Provifions, oCc. from being carried to the 
French, continues till next May, we apprehend it is fufficient for the 
prefenr. 

As the Accounts f.om Teunjylvania feem very uncertain, we are in 
hopes the Confequences will not be fo bad as it at firft appeared ; how- 
ever, 'a* we are fully convinced that the expofed Provinces have a Force 
that, if properly exerted, will be fufficient to repel any Attempts a- 

gainft 



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gainft them, we believe there will be no Occafion of any Affiftance 

from us. 

As from all the Information we have got, notwithftanding the late 
Alarm at Suffix proved falfe, we think CoL Anderfon, and the People 
of that County under his Command, having exerted themfelves in fo 
expeditious a Manner, are entitled to the Commendation of their Coun- 
try. 

We join with your Excellency in a humble and grateful Acknow- 
ledgement to the God of Armies, for the late great Victory obtained by 
the Army at Lake George \ and hope fincerely, that by a happy Union 
of all the Britifo Colonies, they may hereafter have nothing to fear 
from any force the French can bring againft them. 
AJJembly-Ch amber % By Order of the Houfe, 

Nov. 14. 1755. Robert Laurence, Speaker. 

The Houfe being informed, that Col. Schuyler had fent an Order for 
a Sum of Money to pay the Forces under his Command, but there 
being different Sentiments about the Manner of paying it, fo as to be 
ftrictly agreeable to Law. 

Refolved, Nemine Contradicente y 

That if either of the Treafurers do tranfmit the faid Col. Schuyler any 
Money agreeable to Law, that it is the Opinion of this Houfe, that 
the carrying it fafe, ought not to be at the Rifque of the faid Treafu- 
rers, provided they take all reafonablc Care in the doing of it. 

The Houfe being informed by the Gentlemen of the Council, that 
that Houfe have no BuSnefs before them. 
Ordered^ 

That Mr. Smith and Mr. Spicer do wait on Excellency, and defire he 
will pleafe todifmifs the Houfe, as they have no Bufinefs before them. 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Spicer and himfelf, delivered the above 
MefTage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would Order 
the Secretary to prorogue the Houle to the laft Wednesday in December 
next, then to meet at Perth Ambqy. 

Then the Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock* 
Note. The Houfe was prorogued accordingly* 






Y Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint William Bradford 
of 'Philadelphia, to print thefc Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, Speaker. 



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VOTES 



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PROCEEDINGS 



O F T H E 



General ASSEMELJ 



O F T H E 



Province of NEW-JERSEY 

At aSESSlONS begun at Elizabetio-Town, Monday 9 December 

ijth, i755» 




T H I L AD E LT H 1 A: 

Printed by William Bradford, Printer to the Province ofjj 

New-Jerfey. 



VOTES 



O F T H E 



General ASSEMBLY 



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EL1ZAB ET H-T OWN, Monday December 15, 1755; 

UR SIT ANT to his Excellency's Prorogations of the 
General AfTembly to this Day, the Members met, and the 
Speaker not being come to Town, his Excellency Prorogued 
the General AfTembly, till to morrow Morning. 

Tuesday December 16, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevil, and Mr. Smith, do wait on his Excellency and ac- 
quaint him that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed on Bufi- 
nefs, are met and ready to receive any Thing he mail pleafe to lay be- 
fore them. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Smith and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhould 
hear from him in half an Hour. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

1 Mr. Speaker. 
1 His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe, in the 
' Council Chamber immediately.' 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Ghair, and with the Houfe went to 
wait on his Excellency *. And being returned Mr. Speaker refumed the 
Chair, and reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who 
was pleafed to make a Speech to the Council, and Houfe of AfTem- 
bly, or which Mr. Speaker faid he had, to prevent Miftakes, obtained a 
Copy, which was Ordered to be read, and it was read accordingly, and is 
as follows. < Gentlemen 



(4) 

e Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly, 
' [TIROM my laft parting with you, I have been continually re- 
' J^ ceiving Expreffes with Accounts of the barbarous Cruelties and 
4 Murders committed by the Indians on our Neighbours oiTenn* 
' jylvania ; and the poor People of this Province, living on our Fron- 
1 tiers, praying at the fame Time for Defence and Protection, in this 
« Time of eminent Danger- and in confideration of thefe Things, I 
« directed his Majefty's Council to meet me, to have their Advice what 

* was molt neceflary and expedient to be done ; and they were unani- 
{ muofly of Opinion, that the Affembly Ihou'd meet and the whole Le- 
1 giflature enter into a joint Confultation upon the prefent Situation 

* of Affairs : The particular Proceedings of the faid Council, I have 
4 Ordered to be laid before you, together with a Proclamation I if~ 

fued by their Advice. 



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1 The poor People living on our Frontiers, being in continual Dan- 
' ger and Diftrefs, fearing foon to be attacked by the Enemy, as you 
' will find by many Letters and Petitions which fhall be laid before 
' you ; it feems abfblutely neeefiary, that a number of Block-Houfes 
' be built without delay, on the River Delaware, and to be furnifh- 
' ed with three or four Hundred Men, and with Arms, Ammunition, 

* &c. which Pro virion mull be made by you, Gentlemen of the Gene- 
1 ral Affembly, and for which Charge I believe your Conftituents 
' arc very defirous to be Taxed ; and fince they are willing to Part 

< with a reasonable Share of their Eflates to fare the reft, together 

< with the Lives of themfelves, their Wives and Children, I think 

< you can't ballance the Thing in any delay, but immediately grant a 

< Supply for defraying the Charge of what I have mentioned. 

* Gentlemen cf the Council, and of the General Affembly, 
* I hope all the Branches of the Government, will A& in the belt 

* Union and Harmony, in the prefent Emergency, for maintaining the Safc- 
4 ty andWelfare of the Province, always coniidering, ifthe Inhabitants of the 
' Frontiers are forced to leave their Habitations, the Towns that feem now 
c to be in lefs Danger, will foon become Frontiers, to the ruin of the 

* Province; to prevent which, nothing in our Power fhould be want- 

4 fag.' 

Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, 

December 16, 1755. J. B E L C H E R. 

After which the Papers tXc. referred to in his Excellency's Speech 
being laid before the Houfe and read, containing the Minutes of Coun- 
cil, his Excellency's Proclamation, fundry Letters, and Affidavits, re- 
lating to the Murders and Depredations committed by the Indians on 
the Inhabitants of Tennfyhania, near to our Frontiers, informing that 
many of the back Inhabitants of this Colony are removing down from 
their Settlements* 

A 



(p 

A Memorial of Jonathan Hampton , Efq; letting forth, that by Order 
he had purchafed Provifions for the Forces, in Guard of our Fron- 
tiers, defiring allowance for his Disburfements. Alfo a large Number of 
Petitions, from the Counties of Hunterdon, Sotmrfet, Middlesex, Mor- 
ris, and Suffix, fetting forth the Cruelties of the Indians, and Danger 
of our Inhabitants, defiring proper Methods may be fallen into for the 
Peace and Safety of this Colony. 

Sundry other Petitions, for the Purpofes aforefaid, from the 
Counties of Monmouth, Middlefex, and Effex, and other Parts of this 
Colony, were alfo prefented to the Houfe and read. 

Alfo a Fetition from Divers of the Inhabitants of this Colony, 
fetting forth, that fundry ofthe Subfcribers, have advanced Money 
&c. for the Support of the Forces fent by his Excellency to protect 
our Frontiers, etc. praying proper Provifion may be made for the Pay- 
ment of the faid Money advanced ; and for other Neceffary Purpo- 
fes for the Defence of the Inhabitants of this Colony , which was pre- 
fented to the Houfe and read. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and with the 
Letters, Petitions, Affidavits, and Papers aforefaid, were committed to 
a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly Refolved itftlf into a Committee of the 
whole Houfe, on his Excellence Speech, and Matters aforefaid. 
After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, 
and Mr. Hancock Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Com- 
mittee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and. 
defired leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock. 

Wednesday December 17, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

And again Refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, 
on his Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid. After fome Time 
fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock 
Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made 
fome further Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired leave 
to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Johnfton, and Mr. Dehart, do wait on his Excellency, and 
inform him, that it is the Opinion of this Houfe, that it would not 

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only be an eafe to the Inhabitants of the Colony as loon as pof- 
fible to affemble the Forces now in the Pay of this Colony, to be made 
life of in Guarding our Frontiers, which are now in the utmoft 
Danger ; but that it would alfo he the moft effectual method, to 
have the faid Forces ready to obey the Orders they mall receive 
from his Excellency, the Commander in Chief of his Majefty's Forces 
in America, when the common caufe lhall require their acting in 
Conjunction with the other Tooops in his Majefty's Pay, or in that 
of the other Colonies ; and to requeft his Excellency the Governor, 
to write to his Excellency General Shirley on that Head; and de- 
fire to be informed at what Time the Service of the faid Forces may 
be otherwife wanted; that the Houfe may make a Provifion to fupply 
their Places, and that they may in the mean Time be employed in 
guarding our own Frontiers, as Occafion may require. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till a P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Johnjlon, reported, that Mr. Dehart, and himfelf, delivered the 
Mefiage of the Houfe, of this Morning, to his Excellency. 
Rejolved. 
That this Houfe being fenfibly touched . with Companions for the 
Miferies and Calamities to which many of the Inhabitants in the Coun- 
ty of Sujfex are expoied. will give the>m the neceflary Afliftance. 
Reft? It i?c£ y 

That this Houfe will provide for the Payment of fuch Provifions as have 
been fupplied by any Perlbn in this Government to the Forces, which have 
heretofore marched to the Frontiers by Orders of the Captain Gene- 
ral, upon Accounts properly certified. 
Refolved, 

That this Houfe, will provide for the maintenance of the Forces, 
which now are, and fhall hereafter, be fent into the County of Sttf- 
fex, for the Protection of the Inhabitants. 
Rejolved, 

That Jonathan Hampton, provide Provifions for the Forces now in 
Sujfex, on the Credit of this Colony, and that Hendrick Bijber, Efq ; 
do fend up MelafTes, Rum, and Salt, for the ufe of faid Forces, out 
of the Provincial Stores in his Hands. 

A Petition of fundry of the Inhabitants of the Counties of Mid- 
dlefex, and Somerfet, and Places adjacent, reflecting the Depredations 
committed by the Indians on our back Inhabitants, defiring proper 
Meafures to be taken for th« Defence of faid Inhabitants, was prefent- 
ed to the Houfe and read. 



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A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from a Number of the In* 
habitants of Elizabeth-Town, fetting forth, that they had feveral Hor- 
fcs imprefled and detain'd for fome length of Time in his Majefty's 
Service, deGring a fuitable allowance for the fame; which was read 
and referred to further Gonfideration. 

The Houfe again Refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole 
Houfe, on his Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid \ After fome 
Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Han- 
cock Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had 
made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and had come 
to the following Refolves, which by leave he reported as follows. 
Refolved, 

That a humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfwer 
to his favourable Speech, to which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 

That a Bill be prepared and brought in for the Defence of the 
expofed Frontier Parts of this Colony. To which the Houfe agreed. 

And then Mr. Hancock informed the Houfe, that he was directed 
by the Committee, to defire leave to fit again. To which the Houfe 
agreed. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Smith, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Newbold, Mr. Middagh, and Mr. 
HoggbinA, he a. Committee. tr» prepare thp TVingh*- of an Addrefe tO 
his Excellency. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Nevill, Mr. lard, Mr. Read, Mr. Fifter, and Mr. 
Wetherili, be a Committee, to prepare and bring in a Bill for the 
Defence of the expoled Frontier Parts of this Colony. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk as follows. 

f Gentlemen of the General AJJembly. 

* T N Anfwer to your Meflage brought me this Day, I have wrote 

* J. to General Shirly\ and have Ordered it to be communicated to 
4 you, and for the better difpatch of the Matter, I think it proper 

* that two of your Members go immediately and wait on the Gene- 

* ral at New-Tor k, and bring me his Anfwer.' 
Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, 

December 17, 1755. J. BELCHER. 

The Houfe taking his Excellency's Meflage into Confideration. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens, and Mr. Jchnfton, do immediately wait on his 
Excellency General Shirley at New-Iork, with his Excellency our Go- 
vernor's Letter; and that they alfo wait on his Excellency Sir Charles 
Hardy, Governor of New-Tork, and his Honour Governor Morris of 

Pennsylvania, 



(8) 

Pennfyhania, who is alfo now at New-Tork, and defire to know of 
them, in what Methods they purpofe to proceed for the Defence of 
the Frontier Parts of New-Tork, and Tennfylvania, againft the De- 
valuations and Cruelties of the Indian Enemy, in Order that this Houfe 
may be properly inform'd what Steps is neceflary for them to take. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock. 

T bur [day December 18, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Several Petitions were prefented to the Houfe and read, from the 
County of Effex, and Places adjacent, all of one Tenor, fetting 
forth the Danger that the Frontier Parts of this Colony are expos- 
ed to, by reafon of the Devaluations committed by the Indians ori 
the Weft fide of Delaware River ; and that many of the Subfcribers 
have advanced Money on the Credit of this Colony for the Security 
of faid Frontiers, praying a Tax on the Inhabitants of this Colony, 
for Repayment of fuch Money, and for other Provifions neceflary 
for the Safety and Defence of the Inhabitants; which Petitions toge- 
ther with thole before prefented for Relief againft the Indian Enemy, was 
Signed by Sixteen Hundred and Eighty five Petitioners. 

The Houfe aUjuuiw'J till to-morrow X/fnrning nine o'Clock. 

Friday December 19, 1755. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'clock. 

Saturday December ao, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Jobnflon, and himfelf agreeable to* the 
Order of the Houfe, waited on General Shirley at New-Tork, and de- 
livered him his Excellency our Governors Letter; who was pleafed to give 
them for Aniwer (as he was very defirous of doing any Thing in 
his Power to ferve the Province of New-Jerfey) he would immedi- 
ately give Orders to Col. Schuyler, to receive Governor Belcher's Di- 
rections for the difpofition of his Regiment, as his Excellency Hull 
think beft for the Defence of the Colony, till the firft of March next, 
when they will be wanted for his Majefty's Service. 

» 

That they ,had waited on Governor Hardy, who was pleafed to 
inform them, that he had already given Orders for fome of his Mi- 
litia 



(?) 

litia to be potted on the Frontiers of their Province, (a Copy of which 
Order they had obtained which they laid before the Houfe) and that 
his Aflembly had the Defence of their Frontiers now under their 
Confederation. 

That they had alfo waited on Governor Morris, who was plealed 
to fay, that he had not come to a determin'd Refolution with his 
Commiffioners as to the Method of defending their Frontiers, but that 
he believed they fhould not build any Forts to the Northward of the 
Blue Mountains. 

A Written Meflag* from his Excellency by his Glerk as follows. 



* Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

Have received an Anfwer from General Shirley, to the Letter 

* J. I wrote him at your requeft (and which was communicated to you) 

* feveral Paragraphs of which Anfwer being couch't in the following 

* Terms, " The diftinguifhed Zeal and Spirit of the AfTcmbly 

" for promoting his Majeffy's Service, and the general Good of his 

* Colonies upon this Continent, in what his Majefty efteems, and 
" realy is a moft effential Part of the Expedition he has been pleafed 
" to order." 

" Nothing fhall be, wanting in me, to reprefent in a juft Light 
" to his Majelty, the flgnai Service wmch his Province of the New* 
" J er fey s natn done at tn ' s critical Conjufture for their King and Country. 

" Your Excellency muft be fenfible, how greatly the Succefs of 
" that will depend upon as early a Campaign as is poffible, and 
" that it is necefTary, that the Troops fhou'd embark for Albany 
" by the firft Day of March next without fail." 

" Colonel Schuyler, whofe Command of the New-Jerfiy Regiment, 
«* hath made it more beneficial to me, then it cou'd other wife have 
«* been, to whofe Afliftance of me, in every Part of his Majefty's Ser- 
11 vice at Ofwego, I am greatly Indebted, and who wou'd be an Ho- 
«' nour to the Service in any Corps, will wait upon your Excellen- 
tl cy, and let you particularly into the Circumftances of the Soldiers. 
" I underftand they have Gloaths and Stores, now at Albany, or She* 
" neftady, but it is impracticable to get them back here at this Sea- 
" fon, and indeed I believe it would be greatly to their Prejudice if 
** they were to make ufe of them before their Imbarkation 
'« from SheneBady ; they will likewife want Tents and fome Muskets, 
** and perhaps fome other Matters as he will inform you." 

C « T 



(IO) 

" I have given Orders to Col. Schuyler to employ the Regiment, 
u under his Command, as your Excellency lhaU direct, until the 
" time of their March to Albany, for the next Campaign." 

' Thele Things I lay before you, Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

* that you may fee how likely you are to ingratiate your felves 

* with his Majefty, by the Inftances you have given of your Duty 

* and Loyalty to his Service and Interefts, as well as to the general 
' Safety and Protection of thefe Provinces ; and I mention it to your 
c Honour that you have done it with Alacrity of Difpatch. 

1 You will fee, Gentlemen, that the General has readily and fully 

* anfwered Your Requeft, of employing the Regiment of this Pro- 
' vince, under the Command of Colonel Schuyler, for the Defence of 
1 our Frontries, but as they are wanting of Tents, Arms, and other 
' Things, and that the Time of their being remanded will foon be 

* here, you may perhaps, upon mature Deliberation, think it hardly 

* worth while to have them altered from their prefent Situation, 
4 but rather make Provifion for the Defence of the Province, by raif- 
1 ing a new Corps of Men, on which we may have a more lafting 
f Dependance. 

c As I am ftill receiving frefh Accounts of the Diftrefs of the 
' Frontier Inhabitants, I hope you will loofe no Time in making 

* fuCll DetcrniujaLiuuo as fl»al» heft of all Advance the King'e Honour 

1 and Intereft, and the fafety and quiet of his good Subjects under 

* our Care.' 

Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber 

December ao, 1755. J- BELCHER. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brougflt 
in a Bill, entitled, An Aft for making Current Ten Thoufand Pounds in 
Bills of Credit, to enable the Inhabitants of this Colony to proteel and 
defend their Frontires, cXc. which was read, and Committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the 
whole Houfe on the aforementioned Bill. After fome time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock Chairman of 
the Committee reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs 
in the Bill to them referred, and defired leave to fit again. To which 
the Houfe agreed. t 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two ?. M 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from the County of Middlefex, Was prefented to the 

Houfe 



(II) 

Houfe, defiring that the five Hundred Men, now in the Pay of this 
Colony, that are out upon Furlows, may be muftered and fent to 
the Defence of .our Frontiers ; which was read, and referred to a Com- 
mittee on the Bill for making Current Ten Tboufand Pounds, SCc. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole 
Houfe on the aforefaid Bill, for making Current Ten Tboufand Pounds 
in Bills of Credit , to enable the Inhabitants of this Colony toproteft and defend 
their Frontiers, &c After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed 
the Chair, and Mr. Hancock Chairman of the Committee reported, that the 
Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral Amend- 
ments thereto; which faid Bill with the Amendments being read in 
their Places, was agreed to by the Houfe, and Ordered to be En- 
grofs'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning nine o'Clock. 

Monday December 21, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

The Engroffed Bill entitled, An Aft for making Current Ten Thou- 
sand 'Pounds in Bills of Credit, to enable the Inhabitants of this Co- 
lony to protect and defend their Frontiers from any Invafions which 
may be made upon the famt t>y ih« Enemy, ana more particularly 
for making Provifion for the Guard and Defence of the Frontiers of 
this Province, along the River Delaware in the County of Su/fex, and 
other Places Adjacent, by erecting Block-Houfes, and fupplying the 
fame with fuch a Number of Forces as {hall be thought Neceflary 
lor that Purpofe; and alfo for directing the manner of Sinking the 
faid Bills of Credit, and for fubjefting fuch of them as lhall not 
be ufed on the prefent Occafion, to be employed for the Services of 
the Provincial Forces under Col. Schuyler, or on other Emergency's ; 
was read and compared, and on the Queftion whether faid Bill do pals* 
or not? it was carried in the Affirmative. 

Yeas Yeas Nays 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Read, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Johnfion, Mr. Newbold, Mr. Smith, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Paxfon, Mr. Clements, 

Mr. WetheriU, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Dehdrt, Mr. Miller, Mr. Spcer$ 

Mr. Bradberry, Mr. Tard, 
Mr. Fijher, Mr. Middagh, 

Mr. Hoggland, 
Mr. Vreland, 
Mr. Vangefon, 

Revived 



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J Refolved, 

That the faid Bill do pafs, 
Ordered^ 

That Mr. Nevill, Mr. /fool, Mr. Ftfber, and Mr. JLfc&/, do carry 
the faid Bill to the Council for their Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two T. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Read, Mr. Fi/ber, Mr. Ladd, and 
himfelf, delivered the Bill with them entrufted to the Council. 

Mr. Smith from the Committee appointed to prepare the Draught 

of an Addrefs to his Excellency \ reported that they had prepared the 

fame, which by leave he read and delivered in at the Table; which 

being again read, was agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be en- 

grofs'd. 

The engrofs'd Addrefs to his Excellency, was read and compared. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do Sign the fame. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, and Mr. Johnfton, do wait on his Excellency and 

defirc tn know -rtlii.il he -will he waited on hjr the Woufe with their 

Addrefs. 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. John/Ion, and himfelf delivered the 
above Meflage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay he would 
fend for the Houfe to-morrow Morning. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock. 

Tuefday December 23, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

A Written Meffage from his Excellency as follows. 

* Gentlemen of the General djfembly. 
« \7ESTERDAY Colonel Schuyler laid before me the State of the 
1 JL Regiment of this Province, which I herewith fend yoa, and 

* whereby you will fee what Arms and other Things they want to be 

* fupplied with, for their proceeding on the Campaign intended in 
1 the enfuing Year ; and as I doubt not you will find them abfb- 
1 lutely neceffary for the Service, and that you will now take cf- 
S fettual Care to fupply them.' 

Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, 

December 23, 17 55. J. BELCHER. 



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The following is an Account of the prefent State of the Regiment 
of this Province, laid before his Excellency by Col. Schuyler, viz. 



'4 



GIVE me leave to reprefent to your Excellency the State of 
the New-Jerfey Regiment under my Command, viz. 



it 



The loft of Muskets by Accidents and Defertion ioo 

Cartridge Boxes. ditto ditto . iq8 

Bayonets. ditto ditto 203 

" Kettles moftly worn out. 

" Tents unfit for another Campaign. 

" Have not as yet the Mufter Rolls of the laft Payment from the 
" Captains, fo cannot give your Excellency a juft Return of the Men. 
December 22. 1755. PETER SCHUYLER. 

To his Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER Efqr. 

Refolved, 
That Hendrick Fi/her, and tjacob Spicer, Efqrs.- Commifficners, do 
fupply the Forces in the pay of this Colony, under Colonel Schuyler 
with all the NecefTaries they may want, as near as may be conforming 
themfelves to the Directions of the Act entitled, An All for making Current 
" Fifteen Thoufand Pounds in Bills of Credit for the further fupply 

if and pay of the forces lately **ifsdi i/l this Colony tmMt the Command 

" of Colonel Peter Schuyler, and for directing the manner how the [aid 
• c Fifteen Thoufand Pounds /hall be funky but where the faid Act 
does not provide for keeping up and maintaining the full Quantity 
of Guns, Cartridge Boxes, Bayonets, Kettles and Tents, they are 
to fupply them. Provided always, that due care be taken that the 
Intention of the Law may be complyed with, in deducting from the 
Soldiers Wages, the Prices of any thing that they may negligently 
or wilfully wafte. 
Refolved, 

That whatever NecefTaries the faid Hendrick Fifher and Jacob 
Spicier {hall Supply the laid Forces with, while they are on the 
Frontiers of this Colony, or repairing there, fhall be allowed in their 
Accounts when laid before the General Affembly. 

Whereas it feems likely that Money for the Purpofes intended by 
the Ad patTed this fitting, will be wanted before it can be got ready. 
Refolved, 
That upon Application made to the Treafurers of this Colony, or 
either of them, they, or either of them, fhall pay to John Stevens 
John John/Ion, John Wetherill, and Jonathan Hampton, Eiqrs* or either 
of themj fuchSum or Sums as they may refpe&ively want in Con- 

D ( fequence 



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fequence of the Directions of the Ad of AfTembly paft at this Sitting, 
out of the Money made Current by the Aft for emitting the laft 
Fifteen Ihoufand Tounds in Bills of Credit, and to replace the fame out 
of the Money to come into their Hands by Virtue of the Ad pafs'd 
this Sitting. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Johnfton and Mr. Wetherill do carry the above Re- 
fblves to the Council for Concurrence.- 

A MefTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary^ 

" Mr. Speaker, 
u His Excellency is in the Council Chamber ready to receive the 
" Addrefs of the Houfe." 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went 
to wait on his Excellency, and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed 
the Chair, and reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellen- 
cy, and delivered their Addrefs in the following Words. 

To his Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER, Efq • Capt. General and 
Governor in Chiefs in and over his Majefty's TYovince of New-Jerfey, 
and Territories thereon defetiding in America, Qiancellor and Vice Ad- 
miral in the fame, &c. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Reprefentativcs of the faid Province 

in General AfTembly met. 



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May it pleafe your Excellency, 

~"E His Majefty's dutiful and loyal Subjefts, the Reprefentatives 
of the Colony of New-Jerfey, in General AfTembly conven'd, 
being compafiionately affe&ed at 'the Barbarities committed by the Indian 
Enemy on our Neighbours of Tennfylvania, cannot but efteem this Pro- 
vince obliged by your Excellency's Care, in giving us this Oppor- 
tunity of providing for the Security of our Frontiers againft the unre- 
lenting Cruelties of fo favage an Enemy. 

As by the Accounts we have received, it appears that Pennfylva-* 
ma is depopulated for a considerable Diftance ; that many of her In- 
habitants are Murdered, and fome with moft aggravating Marks of 
Inhumanity : That many fine Plantations and Improvements are laid 
wafte, and feveral of them even within the View ot our People on 
the Frontiers of this Province, who are thereby become a Frontier 
themfelves. It is therefore not to be wondered at, that they are in 
Confufion, and likely to leave their Plantations if fomething is not 
done for their Relief: On which Occafion, this Houfe has received 
• confiderable Numbex of Petitions from many Parts of the Province 

fign'd 



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figned, by an unufal Number of Freeholders, praying that fomething 
may be done on the prefent Emergency. All which having been 
duly considered, together with the Inconvenience of making an addi- 
tion at this Time to the heavy Taxes already laid on the Inhabi- 
tants of this Colony, we have, after due Deliberation, by the Bill fentto 
the Council, for making current Ten Thoujand founds, made fuchProvifion, 
as with the Bleffing of divine Providence, we hope will give the 
defired Relief. 

By Order of the Houfe 
dffemby-Chamber December aa, 1755. 

ROBERT LAWRENCE. Speaker. 

Mr- Jnhnfott reported, that Mr. Wetherill, and himfelf delivered the 
Refolves of this Houfe, with them entrufted, to Mr. Ogden one of 
the Gentlemen of the Council. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Afofield, acquainting the 
Houfe, that the Council have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An Ail for 
making Current Ten Thoufand Pounds in Bills of Credit, to enable the In- 
habitants of this Colony, to protect and defend the Frontiers, etc. with- 
out any Amendments. 

The Houfe adjourn'd rill two T. M 

The Houie met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Dehart, and Mr. Bradherry, do wait on the Council and 
defire to know if they have any Bufinefs before them; if not, that 
this Houfe purpofes to apply to his Excellency for a Dilmiffion. 

Mr. Dehart reported, that Mr. Bradberry, and himfelf delivered the 
above Meffage to the Council, who was pleafed to Aniwer, they had no 
Bufinefs before them. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Smith, and Mf. Jdhnftvu, do wait on his Excellency, and 
acquaint him, the Council have informal this Houfe, they have no 
Bufinefs before them, and to defire his Excellency wou'd be pleafed 
to pafs the Bill fent up to him and to difmifs the Houfe, if he has 
nothing further to lay before them. 

Mr. Smith, reported that Mr. Jobnfton, and hinfelf delivered the 
above Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the 
Houfe fhou'd have a Meffage from him foon. 

Mr. Secretary, brought from his Excellency, the Refolves of this 
Houfe with the Councils Concurence, and his Excellencys Affent thereto, 
in the from following. 

" JJfmbly 



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" A/ff-mbly, Chamber , December, zy. 1755. 
" Refolded. 

" That FJendrick Fi/her, and Jacob Spicer, Efqrs 5 Commiffioners, dc 
" fupply the Forces in the pay of this Colony under Col. Schuyler, 
" with all the Neceffaries they may want, as near as may be con- 
" forming themfelves to the Directions of the Act, entitled, An 
" Act> for making curent Fifteen Thoufand Pounds in Bi Is oj Credit, 
" for the further fupply and pay of the forces lately raifed in this 
" Colony, under the Command of Col. Peter Schuyler; and for directing 
" the manner how the (aid Fifteen Thoufand Pounds Jhall be funk, 
" but where the laid Aft, does not provide for keeping up and main* 
" taining the full Quantity of Guns, Cartridge Boxes, Bayonets, Kettles, 
" and Tents, they are to fupply them. PROVIDED ALWAYS, that 
" due Care be taken that the Intention of the Law, may be com- 
" plyed with, in dedufting from the Soldiers Wages, the Price of a- 
" ny Thing that they may negligently or wilfully wafte. 
" Refohed, 

" That whatever Neceffaries the faid Hendrick Fifher arid Jacob 
" Spicer, fhall fupply the faid Forces with, while they are on the 

Frontiers of this Colony or repairing there, fhall be allowed in 

their Accounts when laid before the General Affembly. 






" Whereas it feems likely that Money for the Purpofcs intended 
" by the Aft paffed this fiting, will be wanted before it can be got 
" ready. 

" Refilled, 
" That upon Application made to the Treafurers of this Colony 
" or either of them, they or either of them fh.ll pay to John Ste- 
" vens, John Johuflon, John Wetherill, and Jonathan Hampton, Elqrs. 
" or eirher of them, fuch Sum or Sums as they may refpeftively 
" want in Confequence of the' Directions of the Aft of Affembly 
*S paffed at this fitting, out of the Money made Current by the Aft, 
" for emitting the laft Fifteen Thoufand Pounds in Bills of Credit, and 
" to replace the fame out of the Money to come into their Hands by 
" Virtue of the Aft paffed this fitting. 
u Ordered, 
" That Mr. Johnfton, and Mr. Wetherill, do carry the above re- 
" folves, to the Council for Concurrence." 
" By Order oj the Houfe, 

"ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 

" Council Chamber, December 23, 1755. Concurred." 

"ANDREW JOHNSTON, Speaker. 

" December 13, 1755. I Affent to the above Refolves." 

J. BELCHER. 

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A Meffage from Excellency by his Clerk as follows, 

' Gentlemen of the General AJfembly. 
' " J ' ^ Excellency General Shirley having by his Letter of the 
' Xl I ^ tri Jnftant informed me, that it wou'd be greatly for his 

* Majefty's Service in the enfuing Campaign if his Hands could be- 
' Strenghten'd by an Augmentation of the Regiment of this Colony, 
' under the Command of Colonel Schuyler, I wou'd have you exert 
' Yourfelves on the Occafion as far as the Circumftance of the Colony 

* will admit, as His Majefty propofes to do every thing for your De- 
' fence, and that I may be able to give the Commander in Chief of 
' his Majefty's Forces, Information of what Augmentations from this 
' Colony may be depended on, I recommend it to your Houfe, (with 

* whom all thefe Supplies take Rile) the making a Provifion for raifing 
' them when they fhall be required. 

1 As the People of this Colony are greatly uneafy at the Neigh- 
' bourhood of any Indian Families, and fufpeft the whole of them, 
c I muft apply to you to provide for the Maintenance of fuch of them as 
' fhall be committed to the Goals, either on Sufpicion, or to fecure 

* them from the Outrages of the People. 

* The DiftrefTes of the unhappy Sufferers on the Frontiers are doubt- 
1 lefs very great, and may be attented with the Ruin of many Families, 

* and 'I hope you will make fome conditional Provifion for fuch as cannot 

* fupport themfelves, as they cannot be. regularly relieved by any Law 

* now in Being. 

* The feafonable Provifion which -this Province made for the Supply 
' of His Majefty's regular Troops through this Province, ferved two 

* very good Purpofes, as it expedited their march and prevented them 
4 from the Neceffity of fupplying themfelves with Carriages and other 

* things, in away which would have been ungrateful tothemfel/es 
•' and greatly diftreffing to the People of the Colony. I cannot omit 

* inferting on this Occafion, the handfome mention which is made of 
1 that Provifion, in a Letter I had the Pleafure of receiying from the 

* Honorable Colonel Dunbar, the commanding Officer of thofe Troops, 
i in the following Words, viz. 

1 Sir, It gave me the great eji Concern, I could not when in your Govem- 
' ment have the Honour of waiting on your Excellency, to make my mofl 
4 grateful Acknowledgments, for the great Civilities the Troops under my 
' Command recieved in their march wro' your Goverment from every Body 

* where we pafs'd from Trenton to Amboy. 

1 I earneftly recommend thefe Intereftlng Matters to.your Confideration, 

E " that 



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' that by providing for them at this Time, I may not be obliged to call you 

* together fooner than the General Bufmefs of the Government wou'd 

* incline me to do 



Elzabeth Town, Council Chamber, 
December 23 1755. 



J. BELCHER. 



On a Motion made and the Queftion put, whether his Excellency 
be defired by Proclamation to reftrain the Indians inhabiting this Pro- 
vince, to the Counties where they recide ? it pafled in the Negative. 



Nays 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Johnfion, 
Mr. Nevill, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Bradberry, 
Mr. Smith, 



Nays 
Mr. Newbold, 
Mr. Taxfon, 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. Miller, 
Mr. Spcer, 



Yeas 
Mr. WetheriU, 
Mr. hijker, 
Mr. Hogiland, 
Mr. Vr eland, 
Mr. Vangefon, 
Mr. Read, 
Mr. Ladd, 
Mr. Tard, 
Mr. Middagh, 



The Houfe taking His Excellency's Meffage into their Confideration, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens do wait on his Excellency, and 
in Anfwer to his Meffage of.this Day, inform him, that as to 
the Application which General Shirley makes to this Colony, for an 
Augmentation of the Troops under Colonel Schuyler : This Houfe would 
chearfully give the greateft Affiftance to the Forces his Majefty has 
Occafion to employ to defend his Territories form Encroachments of 
a dangerous Neighbour, but we hope to be entirely excufed from 
augmenting our Regiment, as we are at this Time threatned with In- 
vafions from a barbarous and cruel Enemy, and have been under a Ne- 
ceffity of raifing a large Number of Troops, and maintaining them 
in Garriforts, in order to prevent the Deftruction, or total Defertion, 
of the Frontries ; and requeft his Excellency, to return the thanks of 
this Houfe to General Shirley, for his favourable Sentiments of this Colony, 
and toaffure him, that we efteem ourfelves happy in the Appointment his 
Majefty has been pleafed to make of a Commander in Chief of his Troops, 
as the Colonies in General have thehigheft Opinion of the Abilities and 
Integrity of the Gentleman now employed, and his known Attachment to 
his Maiefty's Honour and the Intercft of the American Plantations, we 
hope will induce every Colony to exert themfelves to a£r. in an Ex- 
pedition under fo good a Direction. That as it appears that fome of 
the Indians on our Borders have taken up the Hachet, it is neceffary that 
extream Caution be ufed with regard to thefe Inhabiting this Province 

who 



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who if any of them ftiou'd be taken up and on Proof or well grounded 
Sufpicion of being Enemies, Ihou'd be committed to any of the Goals, 
we are of Opinion they Ihou'd be maintained there in the fame man- 
ner as other Perfons charged on criminal Actions now are, and if it 
fhou'd io happen that any County fhou'd be over b&rthened, we doubt 
not, but when regular Accounts thereof are laid before the General 
AfTembly they will duly confider them. And that as to fuch of the 
poor Inhabitants on the Frontires, who are now in diftrefs, the Com- 
miflary appointed by the Aft pafs'd this Seffion, has power to adjuft 
and pay all Perfons accounts who have advanced any thing to the Ser- 
vice of the Troops fent there by his Excellency's Direction ; and we 
doubt not if there is any diftrefs that he has not Power to relieve, they 
will have their due weight with this, or fome future General Affem- 
bly when matters are fettled, fo that it may be properly known, who 
are real Objects of publick Charity. And as we have been informed 
many of the poor Women and Children from Penfylvania, have been 
obliged to fly for fuccour among our Inhabitants; we are of Opinion, 
that the Commiflary fhou'd get attefted Proofs of the charge that our 
People have been at for their Maintenance, and to lay them before 
his Excellency , whole Interpofition with that Government on behalf 
of thofe People, we doubt not will have a good Effect towards re- 
imburfing fuch Expences ; and we believe it will be neceflary that they 
fliould be fafely and Ipcedily conducted into fome part of Penfylvania, 
where it may be moft agreable to them. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock. 

JV.dticfday December 24, 1755. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Stevens, and himfelf delivered the 
Meffage of the Houfe of Yefterday to his Excellency. 
Refolved, Nemine Gmtradicenti. 

That this Houfe, will at their next fitting for doing the publick 
Bufinefs of the Colony, make Provifion to defray the expence attend- 
ing any Perfons Trouble, that fhall be employed by the Governor, 
in informing the Friend Indians, inhabitting this Province of the 
Danger there is in going to the Northern Frontiers, and to defire 
them to forbear going into that, or any other dangerous Place. 
Ordered^ 

That Mr. Smith, and Mr. Newbold, do wait on his Excellency 
with the above refolve. 

An Account was laid before the Houfe by Tetrus Decker, Efq ; 
relating to his taking Indian Prifoners, and bringing them to Elizabeth 

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Town, which was read and referred to further Confideration, at the 
palling the next Support Bill. 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Newbold, and himfelf, performed the 
above Order of the Houfe. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by his Clerk. 

Mr. Speaker, 
*' His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the 
<l Council Chamber immediately." 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair and with the Houfe went to 
wait on his Excellency who was pleafed to give his Aflknt to the 
following Bill, ena&ing the fame, viz. 

An Atl for making Current Ten Thoufand Pounds in Bills of Credit ', 
to enable the Inhabitants -of this Colony \ to protect and defend their 
Frontiers, from any lnvafion "which may be made upon the fame by the 
Enemy y <kc. 

And then to adjourn'd the General AfTembly, to the aad Day of 
"January next. 



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BY Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint William Bradford 
of Philadelphia, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, Speaker. 



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PROCEEDINGS 



O F T H E 



General ASSEMBL7 



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OF THE 



Province of N E W-J E R S E Y, 



•At a SESSION held at Elizabeth-Town, by Adjournment, March pth, 
1755, and continued till the 16th Day of the fame Month, and 
then Adjourned to the 7th Day of April following. 




TH1LADELTHIA: 

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General ASSEMBLY 



ELIZABE7B-TQWN, Tuesday March o, 1756. 



PURSUANT to his Excellency's Adjournments of the General 
Affembly to this Day, the Houfc met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Fifher, and Mr. Smith, do wait on his Excellency 
and acquaint him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed 
on Bufinefs are met, and are ready to receive any thing he fhall pleafe 
to lay before them. 

Mr. Ftjher reported, that Mr. Smith, and himfelf delivered the a- 
bove MefTage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would 
fend for the Houfe immediately. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

* Mr. Speaker, 

* His Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the Coun- 
* cil Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went 
to wait on his Excellency. And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed 
the Chair, and reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellen- 
cy, who was pleufed to make a Speech to the Council, and Houfe of 
Affembly, of which Mr. Speaker faid he had, to prevent Miftakes, 
obtained a Copy, which was Ordered to be read, and it was read ac- 
cordingly, and is as follows. 

* Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly. 

Know of no Time fince my Arrival with the Honour of his 
' J. Majefty's Commiffion, for the Government of this Province, that 
' has fo much demanded our united Deliberations for the Defence, Pro- 
1 teftion and Safety of this and the Neighbouring Provinces, as this 

* critical 



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1 critical Conjunfture doth j for the Year fecms to be opening with the 

* Expectation of great and extraordinary Events, which may probably 
6 fljfw us whether his Majefty is to maintain his }uft Rights and Do- 
'• minions in NorthrAmerka, and bis Subjects their Religious Liber- 
' ties and Properties, or whether the perfidious French with their Sa- 
' vage Allies, are to go on in their cruel Murders and Depredations, 
' and finally drive the King's good People into the Sea. 

* In faitbfuinefc to his Majefty's Honour and Service, and in a ten- 
' df r care of bis good Subjects, committed to my Charge, I have given 

* thofe Things my greateft Attention and Confideration, and would 

* now lay before you feveral Things, which being put into Execu- 
' tion, may by the Blefling of God, prove preventive of the Evils 

* we have too much reafon to fear. And firft of all I muft mention 
' with gratitude to Almighty God, and to the King, his Majefty's 
' great Goodnefs, in laying before his Parliament, the State of the 

* Colonies \ and alfo a grateful Senfe of his Parliament in the kind Af- 

* furances they have given him, to do every Thing on their Part 
1 for the Prote&ion and Defence of thefe Colonies, and for putting 

* a Stop to the further unjuft Encroachments of the Enemy. 

* In the next Place, I now lay before you, the Minutes of a Coun- 

* cil of War, lately held at New-Vork, by his Excellency General 

* Shirley, and which I commit to you, depending on your Honour, 

* that theyfhall not be divulged ; (it is an ancient and wife Proverb, 

* that Secrecy is the Soul of Bufinefs) and by thefe you will fee the 

* Plan of Operation, and the Quotas of Men intended to be raifed, 

* by the feveral Colonies, for his Majefty's Service in the enfuing Cam- 

* paign; and when you confider the Strength of the Enemy, at the 

* feveral Places to be attack'd, I believe you will think it reafona- 

* ble and neceflary, that this Province ftiould furnifh their additional 
■ Proportion of Men in Conjunction with the other Colonics. 

« Which Matters being duly weighed, I hope you will with much 

* Alacrity make up the Kegiment of this Province to feven Hundred 

* and Fifty Men, and which you may depend will fet you in a vc- 

* ry favourable light with his Majefty. 

* I now alfo communicate to you, Extracts of a Letter of id of Ja- 
' nuary Lift which I have received from the Honourable Mr. Dinwid- 

* die, Governor of Virginia, by which you will fee the vigilant and 
« wife Conduft of that Gentleman for his Majefty's Service, and for 

* the Defence and Safety of the Southern Colonies, in fo far bring- 

* ing the Cherokee Indians into an Alliance and into the Intercft 
1 of the Grown of Great- Britain, and which may be of an extraordinary 

* good tendency for Succefs in the enfuing Campaign, and this I hope 

* will further ftimulate you to an Augmentation of the Troops of this 

* Province. 

* Having 



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c Haying thus laid before you feveral Matters relating to the Com- 
■ mon Caufe of the Colonies, I now recommend to you, your efpecial 
' Care of the Protection and Safety of this his Majefty's Province, 

* into which fince our laft meeting, the Bears of the Wildernefs have 
1 made an Incurlion ; and as the Year Advances we have reafon to 
' believe they will come in great Numbers upon our Frontiers \ there- 

* fore in duty to his Majefty and in a kind and juft Concern for his 

* People, I think we ought immediately to fend Commiflioners to the 

* Colonies of Tennjylvania, and New-Tork i in order to Act unitedly 

* againft the French and Indians. And I herewith give you the Ex- 
1 tracts of a Letter of 4th Inftanf, which I have received from his 

* Excellency Sir Charles Hardy Governor of New-Tor k y which fets 
' the Affairs of the Colonies in fo particular and clear a light, as I 
c think muft convince you of the Neceffity of the Union propofed. 

* And to add to the Things I have mentioned, I moft 
c earneftly recommend to you to liften to the Cries and Expoftula- 
\ tions of our poor Brethren on the Frontiers to be pro- 
4 tecled under their prefent diftreffes; and which you will find in a 

* great Number of Petitions, figned by more than a Thoufand Hands, 
' which I (hall order to be laid before you. And before I finifli 
c on this Head I think proper to fay to you, that for the more 

* effectually intimidating and driving the Enemy from our Fron- 

* tiers, it would be the wifeft and cheapeft method to pafs an Aft 

* for giving Piemiums on Indian Scalps and Captives, as the Maffa- 
< chulets Government have done; an Extraft of whole Refolves in 
«• this Matter (hall be delivered you. 

* Gentlemen of the General /Jfcmbly. 

* Thefe Things of fo great Importance to his Majefty's Service 

* and rnte'reft, being laid before you in To particular a Manner, I (hall 
' not doubt yojr voting a fufficient Sum for carrying the fev ral 
' A> tides into Execution, confidering at the fame Time, that the Sea- 

* fon of the Year admits of no delay therein. 

' And as your Conftituents fignify to you, not only their willing- 
1 nefs, but their chearful defire to be taxt to a fufficient Provifion 

* for accomplishing thefe Points, it will therefore be very fevere to 

* withold from them the uie of their own Eftates, which they would 

* have employed for faving the Lives of themfelves, their Wives 

* and Children ani their Eftates from falling into the Hands of the per- 

* -fidious French- with their cruel Allies, the Savage and Barbarous Indians. 

1 Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General rfjfembly, 

* I (hall heartily rejoice in your coming into the beft Conclufions in 
; thefe Affairs for advancing his Majefty's Intereft and the future laft- 
1 ing Peace and Welfare of this Province.' 

Elizabeth- Town, Council Chamber^ 

March 0, i 75 6. J. BELCHER. 

B His 



(6) 

His Excellency by Mr. Secretary laid before the Houfe, the Let- 
ters and Papers referred to in his Speech, which were alfo read. 
Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond reading to-morrow morning. 

The Houfe Adjourn'd till to-morrow Morning nine o'Clock. 

Wednejday March 10, 1756'. 

The Houfe met. 

According to Order, his Excellency's Speech was read the fecond 
Time, and with the Letters, Petitions and Papers therein referred to, 
was committed to a Committeee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the 
whole Houfe on his Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid. Af- 
ter fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, 
and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Com- 
mittee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and 
defired leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two T. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth the Inconve- 
niency that the Bergen Forces that goes to defend our Frontiers, 
labour under, by living fo remote from the Pay-mailer of faid Forces, 
defiring that a Pay-matter may be appointed in faid County, for the 
Payment of their Forces, which was read, and ordered a fecond 
reading. 

A Petition of Captain Vanbusk'trk s of Bergen County, was prefented to 
the Houfe fetting forth, that he had Marched with a Company of Men 
to the Defence of the Frontiers of this Province on the River Delaware y 
and had there eretted a Fort and two Block Houfes, praying leave to 
bring in a Bill for obtaining Payment for their Time from the Go- 
vernment, which was read, and Ordered a fecond reading. 

The Houfe again refolved it felf into a Committtee of the whole 
Houfe on his Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid. After fome 
Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, 
Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had 
gone through the {aid Speech, and come to the following Refolutions, 
which by leave he reported as follows. 
Refolved t 

That a humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency in anfwer 
to his favourable Speech. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Rtfolvedy 



( 7) 



Refolved, 



That this Colony will A<3 in Conjunction with the Colonies of 
New-Iork, and Pennfyhania, for the attacking the Settlements of the 
lndtan Enemy, in Captivating their Wives and Children, in order to 
; Wing them to reafon, and to fecure a lafting Peace. 

And on the Queft ion i whether the Houfe will at this Time agree 
thereto or not ? it pafs'd in the Affirmative. • 



Yeas. 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Nevill, 
Mr. Dehart, 
Mr. Fijber, 
Mr. Hoggland, 



Yeas. 
Mr. Vrcland, 
Mr. Vangefon, 
Mr. Reaa t 
Mr. lard, 
Mr. Mddah, 



Nays. 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. &»/>£, 
Mr. Newbold, 
Mr. ^W/fo, 
Mr. Clemetit, 



Nays. 
Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. Miller, 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. <?/>/<*r, 



Refolved, 
That a 5 o Volunteers be raifed, in lieu of thofe already on the 
Frontiers of this Colony, for the future Defence of faid Frontiers 

^fi2EEZ£^. the Houfe •** < h ~ *5 * 



Yeas. 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. 2\k<y///, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Dehart, 
Mr. Fijber, 
Mr. Hoggland, 



Yeas. 
Mr. Vrelandy 
Mr. Vangefon, 
Mr. /&W, 
Mr. Z^ay, 
Mr. Ji?/"^, 
Mr. Middagh, 



Nays. 
Mr. Smith* 
Mr. Newbold, 
Mr. Pax(<m 9 
Mr. Cement, 
Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. M//*r, 



Nays. 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. 6jC>«tfr, 



Refolved, 

That 200 of the faid Voluntiers do Ad in Conjunction with the 

Colonics of Ma^ari, and Pennsylvania, to make an Army of 1000 

Men, if fo many ,s neceflary , or if a lefs number fhal] be deemed 

lufficient for that Service, this Colony will fupport one fifth Part of 

™l f ^ my ' W Ch ,S ? b£ cm P lQ y ed in parking the Mian En- 
emy into their "treats and captivating them, their Wives and Chil- 
dren. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 
That the above Proportion is greater than this Colony of Rieht 
ought to bear, and that nothing but the hearty Zeal of the Inha- 
bitants in the Common Caufe, could induce this Committee to take 
upon the Colony fo great a Proportion, and alfo to prevent any 
Colour of Complaint of the other Colonies concern'd in P t he Union 
Ordertd ^ Enter P ri ^ To which the Houfe agreed. ' 

That Mr.' iW, Mr. Smith, Mr. Tar J, Mr. Learning, and Mr. 

Hancocks 



(8) 

Hancock, be a Committee to prepare the Draught of an Addrefs to 
his Excellency. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. NevilL, Mr. Ftjher, Mr. Stevens, Mr- Johnftm, and Mr. 
Dehart, be a Committee to bring in a Bill for the feveral Purpoies 
aforefaid. 

The Houfe Adjourn'd till to-morrow morning nine c'Chck. 

Thurfday March u 1756. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from John Ogden, and Uzal 
Ogden, Efqrs. fetting forth, that they have at a great Expence erefted 
a Furnace at Ringwood, which is now in the utmoft Danger of being 
deftroyed by the Indian Enemy, and thereby a valuable Branch of 
Trade totally defeated ; and that they are about building a Bloek- 
Houfe to Guard the faid Works and Inhabitants thereabouts, pray- 
ing the Houfe to afford them Affiftance of Men and Arms to defend 
them againft the faid Indtath, which was read, and Ordered a lecond 
reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from a Number of the In- 
habitants, living in the Northweftmoft Part of SuJJbx County, fetting- 
forth the Danger they are in by reafon of the Indian Enemy, de-- 
liring that they may be employed by the Government in defending 
that Part of the Frontiers, on the Allowance already provided for 
that Purpofe, which was read, and Ordered a fecond reading. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought 
in a Bill, entitled, An Ac! for raifmg two Hundred and fifty able Bodied 
free Men Volunteers, Stc. which was read and committed to a Com- 
mittee of the whole Houfe, 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole 
Houfe, on the aforementioned Bill : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. H.ncock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and madefe- 
veral Amendments thereto, which by leave he read, and delivered in at the 
Table, where the fame being again read, was agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engrofs'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow morning nine o'Clock. 

Friday 



(9) 

Friday, March iz, 1756. 

The Houie met. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe bro't 
in the Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency, which was read, 
and Ordered a fecond reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd to two 5P. M 
The Houfe met. 

Several Petitions were prefented to the Houfe from the County of 
Morris, and Places adjacent, fetting forth the Danger their Settle- 
ments are likely foon to be expofed to from the Indian Enemy, de- 
firing Proteftion from this Colony ; which were read, and ordered a 
fecond reading. 

The engroffed Bill entitled, An A3 for raifing two Hundred and 
Fifty able Bodied Free Men, as Volunteers, to protect and defend the 
Frontiers of this Colony from any lnvafions which may be made upon the 
fame by the Enemy, in lieu of the Militia already fiationed upon the 
(aid Frontiers; as alfofor fubjeiling two Fhtndred of the faid Volunteers, 
to atl in Conjunction with the Colonies of New- York and Pennfylvania, 
to make up an Army of One Thoufand Men, or one jlfrb Tart of fuch 
an Army, (not exceeding One Thoufand Men in the whole) as jhatt be 
thought necejfary to be employed in purfuing the Indian Enemy into their 
'Places of Retreat, and Captivating them, their Wives and Children, was 
read, and compared, and on the Queftion whether the faid Bill do pals 
or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 

Yeas. Yeas. Nays. Nays. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Vreland, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Smith, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Read, Mr. Newbold, Mr. Spicer, 

Mr. Dehart, Mr. Tard, Mr. Paxfon, 

Mr. Fijher, Mr. Middagh, Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Hoggland, 

Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, and Mr. Johnfton do carry the faid Bill to the Coun- 
cill for their Concurrence. 

The Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency, was read the fecond 
Time, and feveral Amendments being thereunto made, was agreed to 
by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till to-morrow morning nine o'Clock. 

C Saturday 



(IO) 

Saturday March 13 1756. 
The Houfe met. .. 

Mr. Johnfton reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf delivered the Bitt 
with them entrufted to the Gouncil. 

The engrofs'd Addrefs to his Excellency was readand compared. 

Ordered) 
That Mr. Speaker do Sign the fame. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Holmes, and Mr. Middah, do wait on his Excellency, and 
defire to know when he will be waited on by the Houfe with their 
Addrefs. 

Mr. Holmes reported, that Mr. Middah, and himfelf delivered the 
above Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe 
might attend him as foon as they pleafed. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went 
to wait on his Excellency. And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed 
the Chair, and reported, that the Hoafc had waited on his Excellency, 
and delivered their Addrefs in the Words following. 

To his ExceVemy JONATHAN BELCHER, Efq<, Captain General and 
Governor in Chief, in and over his Majefly's Province of New-Jerfey y 
and Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor and Vice Ad- 
miral in the fame, &c. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Reprefentatives of the faid Province 

in General Affembly met. 

May it pleafe your Excellency, 

WE His Majefty's Dutiful and Loyal Subjects, the Repre- 
fentatives of the Colony of New-Jerfey, in General Affembly 
conven'd, do think it our indifpenfible duty to join with your Ex- 
cellency, in the moft fuitable acknowledgements to the King and Par- 
liament, for their Care of the Colonies in North- America. 

It is not unknown to your Excellency that this Colony hath at 
this Time feven Hundred and Fifty Men in pay, five Hundred of 
which aflifted in the laft Campaign with General Shirley, and we have 
never till lately made any doubt of their ailifting throughout the whole 
of next Summer, but as the Officers recruiting under General Shirley, within 
thw Government, have not only drained us of Men by confiderable 

Supplies 



( II ) 

Supplies of free Volunteers to the refpe&ive Regiments, but have al- 
fo taken from us a large Number of Indented Servants and Appren- 
tices, contrary to their Mailers confent, and in violation of the Con- 
tracts fubfifting between them ; which laft feems likely to involve this 
Colony in confiderable DiftrefTes, and may (it is to be feared,) put us 
under the ungreatful neceffity of not fubfifting the faid five Hundred 
Men, longer than the Money already provided for that Purpofe will 
laft ; but if by a Majority of the Houle, it fhould be then concluded 
to make further Provifion, we are very fure, confidering our Circum- 
ftances and exertion of Strength in the common Caufe, it is a Grie- 
vance we neither expected nor deferved, nor do we think if fuch a 
hardfhip, in all its ruinous Confequences to a young Country, were pro- 
perly reprefented to our gracious Sovereign, it would be at all coun- 
tenanced or encouraged. 

As we have not the leaft doubt, but chat if thefe Grievances are 
rcdrefled, we fhall continue the faid five Hundred Men throughout 
the whole of another Campaign, fo we hope upon a fuitable Appli- 
cation from your Excellency, and the opinion we have hitherto enter- 
tained of General Shirley's Friendfhip, for the Colonies, we fhall not 
fail of Redrels in a Matter that fo intimately concerns a great num- 
ber of his Majefty's good Subje&s. 

We are obliged to keep a confiderable Number of Troops for the Defence 
of our own Frontiers, and however chearfu ly willing this Houfe may be 
to promote the common Caufe of the Colonies (of which we conceive 
no Part of our Conduct en fuggeft a doubt) we are not able with 
out an Inconvenience that bears no adequate Proportion to our Neigh- 
bours, and therefore muft be excufed from augmenting the Number of 
our Men in the manner propofed at the late Congrefs at New-Tor k. 

It gives us a very fenfible Pleafure to hear that any of his Ma- 
jefty's Colonies have entered into clofe Friendfhip and Alliance with 
the Indian Natives ; an important Point, which tho* at firft View of 
the greateft Confequence to the Britifh Intereft in America, we fear 
hath notwithstanding been too much neglected, and cannot but think 
the Cultivation of it by the Colonies concern'd, is worthy of their 
moft ferious Attention. 

As to the Cries of our diftreffed Friends in this Colony, we are 
fo far from endeavouring to withold the ufe of their own Eftates from 
them, as your Excellency is pleafed to exprefs it, that we have made 
their Caufe the univerfal Concern of the Province, and what we ap- 
prehend is very extraordinary for their Protection, and we hope it 
will have its due weight with them, as it feems hitherto by the Di- 
vine 



• ^ 



(12) 

vine Bieffing to have anfwercd the Purpofes of fecuring all the Perfons 
who pay Taxes or look upon themfclves as Inhabitants of this Colony. 

By Order of the Houfe. 

Jlffembly '-Chamber ', 

March 13, 1756. ROBERT LAWRENCE Speaker. 

Mr. Nevill had leave to be abfent on urgent Bufinefs. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two T. M e 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition of Peter DonaUy was prefented to the Houfe, fetting 
forth, that he went in one of the late Eflex Companies for the De- 
fence of the Frontiers at Delaware River, from whence he went with 
faid Company for the relief of Daniel Depuy's Family and Houfe in 
Pennfylvania, where he received a Wound in his Breaft and Arm, where- 
by he is rendered unable to fupport himfelf, praying Support from 
this Colony, which was read, and ordered to lie on the Table. 

The Houfe Adjourn'd till Monday Morning nine o'Clock. 

Monday March 1/, 1736. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Secretary read and laid before the Houfe, an Account of his 
Disburfements of the Expences attending the Indian Treaty at Crof- 
ivicksy in January laft, and his Vouchers being produced and examined, 
whereby it appears that he hath expended the full of his Account, 
amounting to £49, IS > lI ^- 
Refolved, 

That this Houfe will make Provifion for repaying the above Ac- 
count, at the palling the next Bill for Support of Government. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Fijber, and Mr. Taxfon y do wait on the Council, and 
acquaint them, that this Houfe have no Bufinefs before them, and 
being impatient to be difmifed, defire to know what P.rogrefs they 
have made in the Bill fent to them for Concurrence oa Friday laft. 

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PROCEEDINGS 



F T H E 



General Aflembly 



O F T H E 



Province of NEW-JERSEY. 



At a SESSION held at Elizabeth-Town, by Adjournment, 
July 22, 1756, and continued till the 27th Day of ihc fame Month, 
and then prorogued to the 26th Day of Auguft following. 




JVoodbridge, in Neiv-Jerfey ; 
Printed by James Parker, by Order of the General Aflembly, 1756. 




Votes of the General Ajfembly. 



ELIZABETH-TOWN, Thursday, July 22, 1756.' 

:URSUANT to his Excellency's feveral Adjournments of the General 
Affembly to this Day, the Houfe met. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Stevens do wait on his Excellency, and 
acquaint him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed upon Bufmefs 
are met, and ready to receive any Thing he may have to lay before them. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf waited upon his 
Excellency with the Meffjge of the Houfe, who was pleafed to lay, that 
the Houfe ihould hear from him prefently. 

A Menage from his Excellency by his Clerk, acquainting the Houfe, that 
he deiired their Attendance in the Council Chamber immediately : 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker relumed the Chair, and 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to 
make a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Affembly, of which (to prevent 
Miftakes) he had obtained a Copy j which by Order was read, and is as 
follows. 

* Gentlemen of the. CatmcjJ. a&d if the Ge* m r^ dJTptnhly. 
1 QINCE our laft Meeting I have received his Majefty's efpecial Commands, 1 

* O by a Letter of the 13th of March laft, from the Right Honourable 
4 Henry Fox, Efq ; one of his Majefty's principal Secretaries of State, to call 
' you together forthwith, and to lay before you the following Matters of 
1 great Importance to the King's Intereft and Service, as well as to the Safety 

* and Welfare of this and the neighbouring Colonies : And in the firft Place, 
' that the King's Regiments (as well the three ftationed in Nova-Scotia, as 
'the four in the Province of Neio-Tork,) mould be recruited as foon as 

* poffible, to their full Compliments of a Thoufand Men each ; and that you 
c fhou'd, in the beft Manner you can, make the moft early and effectual 

* Provifion for affirting his Majefty's Officers to raife fuch a Number of Men, 
' as mall be fufficient to recruit the King's Regiments now ftationed, or to be 
' ftationed in North- America, up to their Eftablifhments j and that the King, 
' in order to encourage in a Service fo eftential for your own Defence, does 
' confent, that fuch Recruits fhall not be obliged to ferve any where but in 
' North-America, and fhall be difcharged when Hoftilities fhall ceafe, and 
c each of them to have a Grant of Two Hundred Acres of Land, free from 
' Quit-Rents for Ten Years, either in the Province of New-Tork, New- 
' HampJJnre, or Nova-Scotia, at their own Choice ; and thefe Lands to be 
< granted them on producing their Difcbarge from the Commander in Chief, 

* to the Governor of either of the faid Provinces refpedlively ; and in Cafe 

* they fhould be killed in the Service, their Widows and Children fhall be 
' intituled to the faid Lands in fuch Proportion as the Governor and Council 
' of the Province where fuch Lands lye, fhall direc^ 

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' I am alfo commanded to acquaint you with his Majefly's great Goodnefs, 
e in having recommended your Cafe to the Confideration of his Parliament, 
1 who have granted the Sum of One Hundred and Fifteen Thoufand Pounds, 
c to be diilributed as the King mall think proper, to the four 'Provinces of 
' New-England, and thofe of New-York and New-Jerfey ; and thereby 
c enabled his Majefly, not only to manifeft his Senfe of their pad Services, 

* bur. alfo to encourage them for the Future, to exert themfelves in the 
4 Service with Spirit and Vigour .: That his Majefly expects that you will 
4 heartily and zealoufly concur in every Meafure which fhall be thought 
1 advilable for carrying on the War in North-America. 

1 I am alfo to acquaint you, that for your Eafe and Encouragement, and 
'for making the Service lefs burthenfome to you, Magazines of Stores and 
1 Provilions of all kinds, are laid up at the fole Expence of the Crown, for all 

* fuch Troops as are join'd in the general Caule of the Defence of thefe 
' Colonies. 

' His Majefly alfo expects, that you make Provifion out of any Funds 

* already exifting, or that may hereafter be raifed for the King's Service, for 
' repaying the Mailers of fuch indented Servants as fhall engage in his Majefly's 
' Scivice, the Money paid by the faid Maflers on the original Contracts, in 
' Proportion to the Time fuch indented Servants have to ferve : And the 
' King expects you fliou'd appropriate fuch Part of any Funds that may be 
' raifed for the publick Service, to be iffued and applied in fuch Manner as 

* the Commander in Chief mall direct. 

* I have it likewife in Command from the King, to recommend to you, 
1 in the flrongeft Manner, the Palling an effectual Law, for prohibiting all 
' Trade end Coau«-.vi, wUii l1j~ fv u m. "ft; uuu iu> prevenciug the Exportation 

* of Provilions of all kinds to any of their Iflands or Colonies. 

' I am alfo to inform you, that his Majefly judges it to be of the greateft 
' Importance, in the prefent Situation of Affairs, that he be truly and exactly 
' informed of the real State of Defence of this Colony, as well in Relation 
1 to the Ordnance and Stores of War, as to the Forts and Fortifications, and 
c the Number of the Inhabitants; and that therefore^ there fhou'd be 
1 prepared, and tranfmitted to the Earl of Loudon, or to the Commander in 
c Chief for the Time being, an exact and particular Account, in which is to 
' be exprefs'd, the prefent actual State and Quantity of the Cannon, Ammu- 

* nition, and other Ordnance and military Stores belonging to this Colony, 
« either in the publick Magazines, or in the Poffeflion of the Militia or other 
1 private Perfons, together with the true State of all Places either already 
c fortified, or which may be judged forthwith neceffary to be fortified ; and 

* an Opinion at large, in what Manner his Majefly may further contribute to 
« the Defence and Security of thefe Colonies. 

' Gentlemen, 
* By what I have now recited to you, out of the Secretary of State's Letter, 
c you will fee his Majefly's tender paternal Regard for thefe Colonies, for 
' faving and defending them from falling into the Hands of French Tyranny, 
' with its Train of dreadful Evils, and to promote and eflablifh the lading 
c Welfare and Happinefs of his good Subjects in North- Ainerica : I therefore 
■ hope you will mofl fedately confider thefe Matters ; and that you will exert 
c yourfelves with fuch Duty, Alacrity and Zeal herein, as may bcfl anfwer 

* his Majefly's jufl Expectations from you j and to thefe Things, I defire your 
€ full and very particular Anfwer. ' Gentlemen, 



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c Gentlemen, 
' By a Letter I received a few Days ago, from Major-General Abercromby, 
' from Albany, he acquaints me, that Sir William johnfon had concluded 'a 

* Treaty of Peace with the Delaware and Shawa?ieje Indians, and that they 
1 have taken up the Hatchet againft the French and their Indians ; upon 

* which I immediately fent an Exprefs to Col. Dehart, on our Frontiers, not 
« to fufFer any of his People to go out of the Bounds of this Province, or in 
< any Way or Manner to commit any Injuries or Hoftilities on the faid 
« Delaware or Shawanefe Indians. I daily expect a Copy of this Treaty, and 

* fhall then iffue a Proclamation of Peace in Conformity thereto. 

1 But this notwithstanding, I am to inform you, that by Letters I have 

* received a few Days ago from the Governors of Virginia and Pennfyhania, 
' the French, with a great Number of foreign Indians, were marching, and 
c propofed coming into thefe Southern Colonies, to plunder and murder ; and 
c upon this Advice, I difpatched a Courier to Col. Dehart, to be diligent, 

* and well upon his Guard, to repel any Attempts they may make upon this 

* Province. 

c Gentlemen, s' 

* As His Majefty is giving us continual Inftances of his Royal Wifdom, in 

* the fatherly Care he takes for the Safety and Profperity of thefe his Provinces; 
' I hope we fhall make a dutiful Return, in purfuing all fuch Meafures with 
1 Zeal and Unanimity, to the Utmoft of our Power, as may have the beft 
c Tendency to his Majefty's Intereft and Service, and to the better Eftablifh- 

* ment of our own juft Rights and Liberties., 

juh 22. i 75 5. J. Belcher. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading To-morrow Morning. 1 

Mr. Speaker communicated to the Houfe a Letter he had received from 
the Agent, of the 7 th of May laft, inclofing his Account againft the Province 
to the 23d of September, 1756 ; and making a Ballance due to him of 
jT. 163 : 16:7, Sterling } which was read, and referred to the Consideration 
of the Houfe at the ufual Time of doing the publick Bufinefs. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Friday, July 23, 1756. 

The Houfe met, 

His Excellency's Speech was read a fecond Time, and committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole 
s™t ° n r ^ XC u le " C L y '' S P eech : After fome Time f Pent therein, Mr. 
renown r l UmC u ^ Cha,r ' and Mr - NeviU > Chairman of th e Committee, 
Ind S the Committee had gone through his Excellency's faid Speech, 

ErrPlCT " A R f oIutlon > . That a h«mble Addrefs be prefented to his 
excellency, in Anfwer to his Speech. To which the Houfe agreed. 

b Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Smith, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Read, and Mr. Wetherill, 
be a Committee to prepare the Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee appointed to draw the Draught of/ an 
Addrefs to his Excellency, reported, that they had drawn the fame ; which 
being read Paragraph by Paragraph, was agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered 
to be engrofs'd. 

The engrofs'd Addrefs to his Excellency was read and compar'd : 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Fijher and Mr. Pax/on do wait on his Excellency, and defire to. 
be informed when he will be waited on by the Houfe with their Addrefs. 

Mr. Fijher reported, that Mr. Paxfon and himfelf had waited on his 
Excellency with the above Meffage ; who was pleafed to fay, he would 
receive the Addrefs fome Time To-morrow. 

Mr. Spicer laid before the Houfe two Letters he had received from the 
Agent, (and a Copy of his Anfwer thereto ; ) which were read. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock: 

Saturday, July 24, 1756. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, acquainting the Houfe, that 
his Excellency requires their Attendance in the Council-Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and' 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, and prefented their 
Addrefs in the Words following. 

1o His Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Efq; Captain General and Governor 
in Chief in and over his Majejly's Province of New-Jerfey, and Territories 
thereon depending in America, Chancellor and Vice-Admiral in the fame, &c. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Reprefentatives of the faid Province, 
in General Aflembly met. 

# 

May it pleafe your Excellency ; 

77/ E, His Majejly's dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentatives of the 
** Colony of New-Jerfey, in General Afjembly convened, think it necefary 
in Anfwer to the jirft Part of your Excellency's Speech, to remark, that we are 
not conjcious of the King's Service having hitherto been retarded in this 
Government ; and with equal Pleajure are well affured, that the neceffary 
jifjijlance, (fo Jar as it lies in the Power of our Inhabitants) towards recruit- 
ing the King's Regiments, and to every other Purpofe conducive to his Majejly's 

Honour 



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Honour and Inter -eft, will be readily and chearfully given, from a People grate- 
Jully fenfible of the repeated Lijlances of his Maje fly's tender paternal Care over 
this, as well as the rejl of the Colonies in North- America. 

Among fever al late Inflances of this Kind, the reprefen ting our Cafe to the 
Parliament, in order for a Reimburjement of Part of the heavy Expences that 
have of late attended this Province, and the Eafing us from further Supplying 
our Troops with Provifions, particularly demand our thankful Acknowledgments, 
and will enable us to flruggle through the Difficulties of keeping them on Foot 
longer than we could otberwife have done, if his Majeflys Service Jhou'd 
require it. 

The Funds raifed for the Maintenance of the Troops of this Colony, will 
continue for fome Time to come, and in the Marnier already appropriated, 
Jeems to coincide with his Majejly's Intention ; and we hope will prove Jatis- 
J'ac7ory. 

As in fome Parts of this Province indented Servants but lately made a 
confiderable Share of the Wealth and Dependance of their Majlers, who in a- 
great Meafure have been deprived of them by the recruiting Officers ; and as. 
the Importation of them for a great Number of Tears pajl, has made a large 
Branch of Bufinefs, of great Importance to the Settlement and Welfare of the 
Country ; and from the Uncertainty of the Property, it is now likely the Trade 
of Servants may in a great Meafure, if not wholly ceaje : We therefore, 
conceiving it a Matter of extraordinary Moment, think it abfolutely neceffary;, 
to delay the Confideration of paying for them, till we have had an Opportunity 
of more fully confidering the Cafe, and confulting our Con flit uents. 

The Prohibiting nf £cuss$&fec *r,J warlike Stores from the French Colonies^ 
being already effectually done by Law ; this Part of his Majefty's Expectation 
is, we prejume, fully anfwered. 

We conceive, it will not be difficult for your Excellency to come at a 
particular Information of the State of this Colony, rejpelling Defence, in the 
Manner it has heretofore been done ; which appears to us attended with as few 
Difficulties, and as likely to anfwer his Majefly's Expectation, as any Method 
we knonv of, and better than any Affifiance in our Power to give ; and doubt 
not, if your Excellency can point out any additional Security that will be 
neceffary, it will meet with a gracious Reception from his Majejly, who through 
the Courfe of a long and profperous Reign, hath always manifejled himfelf the 
common Father of all his People. 

We highly approve of your Excellency's ordering Hoflilities to ceafe againfB 
the Indians, and of your Intention of iffuing a Proclamation of Peace int 
Conformity thereto, affoon as a Copy of the Treaty made by Sir William Johnfon 
comes to Hand; and as Peace is now faid to be concluded with them, we would 
defire your Excellency to order One Hundred of our Men on the Frontiers, t» 
be dijbanded, and the Remainder of them alfo affoon as it can be done with 
Safety to the Inhabitants. 

Juflice to the Publick, and to our Selves, makes it neceffary to obferve, (tho*. 
eur Regard for your Excellency, and the anxious Cares of your Station wider 
fuch Infirmities of Body, renders it a very unpleafant TafkJ that as it is 
evident the King' s Service could not have fuffered, if your Excellency had not 
?iow call'd the JLffembly, we foould have been very glad to have been fpared, 
efpecially at a Time Jo particularly inconvenient as that of Harvefl. The 

frequent 



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frequent convening the Legijlative Body, unlefs on real and fubjlantial Occafions, 
increafes the publick Charge, and is dijirejfing, confidering the Remotenefs of 
your Excellency's Situation from the ufual Places of doing Bujinefs, extreamly 
dijirejfing to many of the Members who compofe the Legijlature j and the Eafing 
the Colony in this 'lime of common Difficulties, when the Intention of his 
Majejlys Commands, and the publick Service will allow it, would be gratefully 
received by us and our Conjlituents. 

By Order of the Ploufe, 

*jX%?%$*' ROBERT LAWRENCE, 

Speaker. 

The Houfc adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

It appearing, that Jacob Dehart, Efq; one of the Members of this Houfc 
for the County of Effex, hath lately accepted a Poft of Profit, whereby his 
Seat in this Houfe by Law is become void : 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Speaker iffue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make 
out a Writ, for the Election of a Reprefentative for the faid County of Effex, 
in the Room of the faid Jacob Dehart, Efq; 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Monday, July 26, 17^6. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary ; which being read, is 
in the Words following. 

* Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

' A S His Majefty fo kindly repeats his Care for our Defence and Safety, 
' £\^ in building Fortifications where needful in the Province, I fhould 

< have been glad of your particular Advice and Affiftance in fuch a material 

< Article. 

' As to the Difbanding One Hundred of the Men now on the Frontiers 5 
c according to the Letters I mentioned in my Speech, from the Governors of 
€ Virginia and Pennfylvania, and which I now fend you, I think it will too 
' much expofe the Frontiers, to do it at prefent, and invite the French and 

* Indians that are marching this Way, to infeft our Frontiers ; and on this 
' Head I have taken the Advice of his Majefty's Council, a Copy whereof I 

* now fend you ; and thus governing my felf is exactly conformable to the 
c Act by which thefe Men were raifed, which fays, " And be it Enabled by 
" the Authority ajorejaid, That the Forces aforelaid fhall be and continue in 
" the Pay of this Colony for Twelve Months after the Publication of this 
" AcT:, unlefs Peace fhou'd be fooner concluded with the Indian Enemy, fo as 
" to render the Inhabitants of this Colony fafe from their Depredations ; in 
" which Cafe it fhall and may be lawful for the Governor or Commander 
" in Chief for the Time being, by and with the Advice and Confent of his 

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" Majefty's Council, to give Orders for the Difbandment of the faid Forces." 

* And without which Advice and Confent of the Council, the Act does in no 
' Cafe leave it in my Power to diiband the faid Forces. 

c Thefe Things notwithstanding, upon my receiving an authentick Copy of 

* Sir William Johnjon's Treaty with the Indians, I fhall immediately fummon 
c his Majefty's Council, and lay the faid Treaty before them, and act and do 
' relative to the faid Treaty as they (hall advife. 

' I am, Gentlemen, greatly furprized at the laft Claufe of your Addrefs, 
c wherein you feem to infinuate as if it was in my Power to difpenfe with ol- 
' difobey his Majefty's efpecial Commands, which I told you in my Speech 

* were forthwith to call you together ; and upon which I had the Advice of 
c his Majefty's Council ; and when all the neighbouring Colonies had call'd 

* their Aflemblies upon the fame Occafion on which I have call'd you, it 
' would certainly have been an Adl of great Neglect, and high Difobedience 
' to his Majefty's Commands, for me not to have done it ; and I think, upou 

* deliberate Confideration, you muft fee this Matter in the fame Light that I 
' do ; Nor have I at any Time call'd you together, but in exact Conformity 
' to his Majefty's Royal Instructions in that Behalf: And as I have constantly 

* ftudied the Eafe of the Legislature and the People, as to the Seffions of 
' General Affembly, you may moft afluredly depend, I fhall continue fo to do 

* for the Future, by not calling you together, unlefs his Majefty's efpecial 
c Service, together with the Intereft and Welfare of the Province, fhall 
1 require it. 

Eliza&ttb-Tcnn.Cotuuil-Cbainler, T T>~1 -t, ^— 

jui) z5. i 7S 6. J« Deicner. 

His Excellency by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe the feveral Papers 
referred to in his Meflage ; which were alfo read. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock.' 

Tuefday, July 27, 1756. 

The Houfe met, 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Fijher and Mr. Yard do go to the Council, and deSire to know* 
if they have any Bufinefs before them ; if not, that this Houfe intends to 
apply to his Excellency to be difmifs'd. 

Mr. Fijher reported, that Mr. Yard and himfelf had waited on the Council,' 
who faid they had Nothing before them. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Jobfijlon and Mr. Spicer do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint' 

him, that the Houfe having had no Bufinefs before them for fome Time, and 

the Council having informed us they have no Bufinefs before them, and being 

defirous of returning as foon as poffible to our Harveft, beg his Excellency, 

will be pleafed to difrhifs the Houfe. 

Mr.' 



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Mr. John/Ion reported, that Mr. Spicer and himfelf delivered the Meffage 
with them entrufted to his Excellency ; who was pleafed to fay, that he 
had feveral Things to lay before the Houfe, which he mould do in the 
Afternoon. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary ; which being read, is 
in the Words following. 

' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

' Y" ESTERD AY i n t he Afternoon I received from the Right Honourable 
' •*• the Earl of Loudon, the following Letters ; and as there are Matters in 
' them that nearly affect the Safety and Welfare of this Province, I think 
* proper to communicate them to you. 

1 Whitehall, May 17, 1756. A Letter from the Right Honourable Henry 
1 Fox, Efq; one of his Majefiy's principal Secretaries of State, with the 
' King's Declaration of War againft the French King. 

1 May 1 1, A Letter from the Right Honourable the Earl of Halifax. 

< New-Tork y July 23. A Letter from the Right Honourable the Earl of 
f Loudon. 

* Trcafetry-Chum&c , May 1 5. A Letter trom Mr. ^V//, about the £. 5,000, 

' Sterling, given by his Majefty to this Province. 

* London, April 3 . A Letter from Meffrs. John Hanbury and John Thom- 

* linfon, relating to the aforefaid JT. 5,000. 

* Thefe Letters you will read, and which you will find full of the King's 
4 paternal Regard and Goodnefs to this Province, and to the Happinefs of all 
' his Subjects ; and I wou'd alfo recommend to you, the Earl of Loudon's 

* kind Offers, to do all in his Power for promoting the Intereft and Welfare 

* of Neiv-Jer/ey : And if you find any Thing neceffary to be done upon thefe 

* Letters on your Part, I defire you will proceed to confider them with due 
« Deliberation as foon as you can,, that this Seilion may be concluded, and you 

* be difmifs'd to your feveral Places of Abode. 

Eliz. Taivn, Council Chamber, T DqI^U/s.. 

juiy 27, 1756. y Deicnei. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the above Meffage, with the feveral 
Letters and Papers therein mentioned. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith and Mr. Fi/ljer do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint 
him, That the Houfe have perufed the feveral Papers his Excellency was 
pleafed to communicate j and if any Thing can at prefent add to the high 

Opinion 



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Opinion we entertain of the Right Honourable the Earl of Loudon, it is his 
Letter to his Excellency of the 23 d Inftant, particularly the following kind 
Declaration, which cannot fail of having the bed: Effect on the Minds of our 
Inhabitants, viz. " I will beg your Excellency to allure the good People of 
'* your Province, that they may depend upon my Protection, and my utmofl 
" Care to avoid and remove (as far as the Circumftances of a Country become 
" the Seat of War will admit,) every Thing that may any Way burthen 
" or hurt the Intereft of any Individual." The faid Gentlemen are alfo to 
inform his Excellency, that the Houfe have nothing more before them, and 
defire he will pleafe to difmifs them. 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Fijher and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would fend for the 
Houfe prefently, and difmifs them. 

A MefTage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance 
of the Houfe in the Council-Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; who was pleafed to prorogue the Houfe to the 26th Day 
of Auguji next. 



N. B. The Reader is defirea to correft the following Mi/lakes in the laft Votes 
with his Pen, to wit. Page u, Line 33, injlead of Eighty, read 
Eighteen ; and Page 15, Line 35, injlead of with the Amendments 
made by the Council thereto, read, with the Amendments made 
by the Committee thereto. 




T)T Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do hereby appoint James Parker 
*-* of Wood bridge, to print theje Votes, 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speaker! 



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PROCEEDINGS 

F T H E 

General Affembly 



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O F T H E 



Province of N EW-jf ER S'EYi 



At a SITTING at Elizabeth-Town, October 12, 17 c6, and 
continued to the 15th of the fame Month, and then adjourned to the 
nth Day of November following. 




Woodbridge, in New-Jerfey-, 
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Votes of the General Ajfembly. 

ELIZABETH-TOWN, Tuesday, 0»r 12, 1756.' 

PURSUANT to his Excellency's Prorogations of the General Affembly 
to this Day, the Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Fijher and Mr. Johnjlon do wait on his Excellency, and 
acquaint him, the Houfe are met, and ready to receive any Thing he fhai; 
pleafe to lay before them. 

Mr. Fijher reported, that Mr. Johnjion and himfclf had waited on his 
Excellency with the above Meffoge, who was pleafed to lay, he would 
fend for the Houfe To-morrow Morning. 

The Houfe adjourn 'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 
Wednefday, October 13, 1756. 

The Houfe met* 

A MefTage from his Excellency by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance 
of the Houfe, in the Council Chamber immediately : 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to 
make a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Affembly, of which Mr. Speaker 
laid he had (to prevent Miftakes) obtained a Copy j which by Order of the 
Houfe was read, and is as follows. 

' Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly y 

SINCE our laft Meeting, I received a Letter from the Right Honourable 
the Earl of Loudoun, Commander in Chief of all his Majefty's Forces 
in North- America, of the 20th of Auguji laft ; which I communicated to 
his Majefty's Council, and they advifed to the Calling you together at this 
Time, to lay the Matters contained therein before the whole Legiflature ; 
and fince that, we have undoubted Accounts of the important Poft of 
OJwego, having fallen into the Hands of the French , and which leaves open 
this and the neighbouring Colonies to the Incurfions and Ravages of the 
French and Indians ; and upon this extraordinary Alteration of the Situation 
of the Affairs of this Colony, I fhall be glad of your Advice, Aid and 
Affiftance, in purfuing fuch Meafures as his Majefty may reafonably expedt 
at this critical Conjuncture from us, in Defence of his Intereft and Honour, 1 
as well as for the Safety of his good People under our Care. And as Col. 
Schuyler, with one half of his Regiment, were made Prifoners by the Enemy 
at the Taking of OJivego ; I think the firft Thing to be done, is to fill up 
that Regiment in the compleat Manner it was done before ; and that as foon 
as may be, to be fent to Albany, there to follow fuch Orders as they may 
receive from the Earl of Loudoun. And as our Frontiers will be greatly 
expofed in the prefent Circumftance9 of Affairs, I believe you will think it 
abfolutely neceffary for the Safety of our poor Neighbours, to add a confi- 
derable Number of Men to thofe already pofted there. 

'.His 



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« His Majefty having fent over a Number of good Officers, the fooner the 
c Regiment of this Province is recruited and fertt to Albany, the more it will 
1 advance the King's Service; as they will have the Advantage of being trained 

* and difciplined by the aforefaid Officers, and become ready for fuch Service 
1 as the King's General may judge proper to employ them about in the Winter 

* Seafon. And I cannot conclude this Article, without recommending to you 
c your o-enerous Care and Concern for the very worthy Col. Schuyler, with 

* the other Officers and the Men now in the Hands of the Enemy, that they 

* be well fupported by you, and that you contribute all in your Power for the • 
' obtaining their Freedom. By Lord Loudoun's Let.ter (which I herewith 

' deliver you) you will fee his Lordihip, in this Crifis of Affairs, earneftly 

* demands your Affiftance ; and I urge you in the warmed: Manner, to do all 
« you can in anfwer to what his Lordihip preffes on this Head. 

' And as the Colonies of New-England have very handfomely exerted ; I 

* hope you will not fail to follow their wife Refolutions for the common 

* Good and Safety. 

c Since ourlaft Sitting, I have received by his Majefty's Ship the Sterling- 
* ' Cq/lle, the Sum of £.4774: 12: 3, Sterling; being the Ballance of the 
c JT. 5000, allotted to this Province out of the JT. 115,000, granted by Par- 

* liament : His Majefty in his Warrant to his Lords Commiliioners of the 

* Treafury, for paying the faid Money, is pleafed to exprefs himfelf thus ; 
l - Whereas the Houfe of Commons have granted unto Us the Sum of One 
*• Hundred and Fifteen Thoufand Pounds, upon Account to be diftributed to 
" the Colonies of New-England, New-York and New-Jerfey, in fuch Proportion 
<c as We ihould think fit, as a free Gift and Reward for their pail Services, 
" and an Encouragement to them to continue to exert themfelves with Vigour 
" in Defence of our juit Rights and Pofleffions. " 

' And the faid Money I immediately paid over into the Hands of Mr.Treafurer 

* Johnjlon, agreeable to the King's Warrant, which fays, " It lTiall there remain 
<c until it be difpofed of for the publick Service by an Act of the Legiflature." 

* So in this Matter we fhou'd now do with the Money what may mod: of all 
■ advance his Majefty's Honour and Intereft, together with the Good and 
' Wellfare of this Province ; and as I have often Complaints from the Inha- 

* bitants of the Province, that they want Arms and Ammunition, and can't 
' get them ; I fhould think it proper to apply a confiderable Part of this 
c Money, to purchafe a Stock of Arms and Ammunition, to be ready on all 

* Occafions for the Ufe of the Province. And before I conclude this Article, 

* I am perfuaded of your thinking with me, that his Majefty's free Gift to the 

* Colonies, together with his great Goodnefs in taking upon him the Charge 
« of fubfifting the Troops you may raife, muft be a farther Inducement to your 

* augmenting the Number of Men, to join the King's Forces under the more 
« particular and immediate Command of the King's General the Right 

* Honourable the Earl of Loudoun, and which I moil earneftly recommend 

* to your Confideration. 

* I have received his Majefty's Royal Orders by a Letter from one of his 
'principal Secretaries of State, of the 1 8th of June laft, to receive fuch 
' French Prifoncrs, as the Commanders of his Majefty's Ships may apply to 

* me to fet on Shore in this Province : You will therefore make proper 

* Provifion for defraying the Charge that may at any Time arife on fuch 

' Occafions. 

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* A few Days ago I received his Majefty's Royal Orders, of the 5th of July 
x laft, relative to a Prohibition of all Correfpondence with the Subjects of the 
« French King ; and I now give you what his Majefty commands on this 
* Occafion; " Whereas by Our Declaration, dated the 17th Day of May laft, 
f* We have thought fit to declare War againft the French King, his Subjects 
'• and Vaffals ; and whereas We have been informed, that heretofore in Times 
<c of War, Our Subjects in feveral of our Colonies and Plantations in America, 
" have correfponded with our Enemies, and fupplied them with Provifions and 
" warlike Stores, whereby Our Service has been greatly prejudiced, and the 
11 Safety of Our Dominions endangered : It is therefore Our exprefs Will and 
'• Pleafure, that you do, with the Advice of Our Council, take the moil 
'■ fpeedy and effectual Meafures to hinder all Correfpondence between any of 
u Our Subjects inhabiting Our Province of New-Jerfey, under your Govern- 
" ment, and the Subjects of the faid French King ; and to prevent any of the 
" Colonies or Plantations belonging to our Enemies, or other Places poffeffed by 
" them in America, being fupplied either by Sea or Land from our faid Province 
" under your Government, with Provifions or warlike Stores of any kind. 

c< And in Cafe you fhall find it neceffary to have an Act pafs'd for the 
c< Purpofes above mentioned ; you are earneftly to recommend it in Our Name, 
" to Our Council and to the Reprefentatives of our faid Province, to prepare 
" and pafs fuch Act." 

c As his Majefty is continually fending Forces both by Sea and Land, for the 

* Defence and Protection of his American Colonies ; I do in Duty to the King, 
" and in a tender Regard to his good Subjects, moft earneftly recommend to 
' you, the paffing fuch an Act ; that while the King (as a kind Father of his 

* People) is taking all poflible Care to preferve them, we may not be acceffory 

* to our own Ruin and Deftruction, by carrying on a Commerce with the 

* Subjects of the French King, and.fupplying them with Provifions and war- 
' like Stores. 

' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

* You will pleafe to confider all I have now laid before you • and fuch 

* Articles as may require Money to carry them into Execution (the neceffary 
1 Acts therefor properly beginning at your Houfe) I fhall not doubt your 

* chearfully doing therein what may moft of all conduce to his Majefty's 

* Intereft and Honour, and to the Safety and Welfare of his good Subjects. 

* And you will very particularly look into the A<£ts relative to Col. Schuyler's 

* Regiment, and the Forces on the Frontiers, and make Provifion for their 

* further Payment, and for all other Neceffaries relating to them. 

4 
1 Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Ajfembly, 

' In this Time of increafed Danger, I hope there will not arife the leaft 
{ Difficulty or Divifion in the Legislature j but that we fhall unitedly (Heart 

* and Hand) do-all in our Power to promote the Good of the Common Caufe 

' and in Particular the Happinefs and Profperity of the People of New-Jerfey, 

* under our Care. 

Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, T D 1 T 

oMer^, , 7S 6. J. jbelcher. 

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The Letter referred to in his Excellency's Speech was alfo read. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading in the Afternoon." 

Robert Ogden, Efq; being returned a Member for the County "of EJfex, m 
the Room of Jacob Dehart, Efq; was qualified in the Houfe before Mr. Hude 
and Mr. Read ; 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Ogden do take his Seat in the Houfe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time. 

Refolved, 

That this Houfe will continue the Pay and Cloathing of fuch of the 
remaining Forces of this Colony, as were lately under Col. Schuyler, from the 
firft Day of November next, until the Twenty-fifth of December following, and 
from thence till the End of the next Seflion of General Affembly thereafter. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens do wait on his Excellency with the above 
Relolve, and acquaint him, That as feveral of the Matters recommended in his 
Excellency's Speech are of extraordinary Moment, and it being now too late 
in the Seafon to do any Thing that will be of Ufe in the prefent Campaign, 
upon the Breaking up of which it is probable fome further Plan may be con- 
cluded on for the Confideration of the Northern Colonies ; which may 
occafion the Calling us together again : The Houfe therefore defires, his 
Excellency will be pleafed to give us a Recefs, till it may be better known 
what Part it will become the Houfe to a<ft. on the prefent extraordinary 
Appearance of Things; as there is no Probability that fuch a Delay can 
obftruct or hurt the King's Service, and may greatly promote it, by having 
fome fixed and reafonable Scheme prepar'd to go upon, that will be likely to 
render the Service effectual. 

Mr. Smith communicated to the Houfe a Letter from the Agent ; which 
was read. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf delivered the MefTage 
of the Houfe with them entrufted, to his Excellency. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Tfwrfday, Otfober 14, 1756. 

The Houfe met. 

His Excellency recommended to the Houfe for their Confideration, feveral 
Petitions, which he lately received from the Counties of Hunterdon and Sujfex, 
praying, for the Reafons therein contained, that a Store-houfe or Magazine 
may be provided in the County of Suffex, for the Reception and Prefervatiort 
of fuch Stores as may be provided for the Forces on the Frontiers during their 
Winter's Campaign ; which were refpeclively read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. A 



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A Petition was prefented to the Koufe, from the Prifoners for Debt in 
Middlefex County Goal, praying to be releafed from their Confinements; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Hoggland do wait on his Excellency, and defirc 
he will be pleafed to give the Houfe a Recefs, purfuant to the Meffage of 
Yefterday. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Hoggland and himfelf delivered the abovo 
Meffage to his Excellency ; who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fliou'd hear 
from him To-morrow Morning. 

The Petitions from the Counties of Hunterdon and Suffex, for providing a 
Store-houfe in the County of Suffex, were read the fecond Time, and referred 
to further Confideration. 

The Petition from the Prifoners for Debt in Middlefex Goal, was read the 
fecond Time, and referred to further Coniideration. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Friday, OSiober 1 5, 1756. | 

The Houfe met. 
Refolved, 
That this Houfe will provide for paying all neceffary Expences in Calling 
the General Affembly together, on any Emergency. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, 1 
that it is his Excellency's Pleafure, that the Houfe adjourn themfelves to the 
nth Day of November next. 

The Houfe accordingly adjourn'd to the nth Day of November next. 




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TYT Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint James Parker, of t 
** Woodbridge, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speaker] 



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General Affembly 



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O F T H E 



Province of NEW-JERSEY. 



At a SITTING of General Afiembly, held at Elizabeth-Town, 
by Adjournments, began December 17, 1756, and continued to the 24th 
of the lame Month, and then adjourned to the 20th of January next. 




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ELIZABETH-TOWN, Friday, December 17, 1756. 

URSUANT to his Excellency's Adjournments of the General Affembly 
to this Day, the Houfe met ; and there noc being a fufficient Number 
of Members met to go upon Bufinefs ; 
The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 



Saturday, December 18, 1756. 

The Houfe met ; and there not being a fufficient Number of Members to 
proceed upon Bufinefs, the Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Monday, December 20, 1756: 

The Houfe met ; and there not being a fufficient Number of Members to 
proceed upon Bufinefs met, the Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 
Nine o' Clock. 

Tuefday, December 21, 17560 

The Houfe met ; and there not being a fufficient Number of Members to 
proceed upon Bufinefs met, the Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 
Nine o'Clock. 

JVed?iefday, December 22, 1756. 
The Houfe met, 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Smith do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint 
him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed upon Bufinef>, are met, 
and ready to receive any Thing he fhall pleafe to lay before them. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Smith and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would fend for the 
Houfe as foon as a Quorum of the Council were met. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Thurfday, December 23, 1756. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance 
of the Houfe, in the Council Chamber immediately : 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 

on his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker relumed the Chair, and 

reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to 

make a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Affembly, of which Mr. Speaker 

faid he had (to prevent Miftakes) obtained a Copy ; which by Order of the 

Houfe was read, and is as follows. 

* Gentlemen 



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« Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Ajfembly, 

' \ T our Meeting in Otlober laft, I laid before you in the moft particular 
« £\ Manner I cou'd, the State of our publick Affairs to that Time ; and 

* in your Refolution thereupon, you faid, feveral of the Matters were of 
1 extraordinary Moment, but dellred a Recefs for further Consideration therein; 

* and I now hope you will have Recourie to my Speech then made to you, and 
« duly deliberate, and do in the feveral Articles what may be neceffary for the 
c Honour and Intereft of his Majefty, and for the Safety and Welfare of the 
c Province. , 

' That there might be no Reafon of Delay, in doing what may be neceffary 
' on our Part, for promoting his Majefty's Service, I wrote to the Right 
' Honourable my Lord Loudoun, the 14th Current, informing his Lordfhip 
« that the Aifembly would fit at this Time j and his Lordfhip's Anfwer to the . 
c faid Letter I herewith deliver you,, and which I think full of Juflice, and 
'of a kind Regard to this Province ; the beft Return whereunto will be your 

* doing all you can (in Conjunction with the other Colonies) in raifing a good 
1 Number of Men for the common Caufe, in Defence of his Majefty's juft 
' Rights and Intereft, as well as for your own Safety ; and that you now come 
c into fuch reafonable Refolutions, as may facilitate our acf ing up to our Duty, 
' and which will alio in the beft Manner exprefs your Gratitude to the Right 
' Honourable the Earl of Loudoun, for all his Goodnefs to and generous 
' Treatment of this Province. 

' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 
1 I believe you will think it abfolutely neceffary to look into the State of 
c your publick Funds, in which I underftand, by the Officers of the Treafury, 
■ there are Deficiencies, efpecially in the Want of Money to- pay the Quarters 

* of the Troops ftationed in this Province ; as alfo for Payment of the Men 
c lately under the Command of Col. Schuyler, but now devolved on Capt. 
' John Parker, whofe Letter of the 1 9th of November, I herewith deliver 
« you ; and upon the Receipt whereof I fent to the two Treafurers for the 

* Money, whofe Anfwers were, they had no Money for the Occafion ; fo I was 
« obliged to fend away the Meffengers without any ; I believe you will therefore 

* think it beft, in Juflice to the People, and for preventing great Defertion, 

* to fend away the Money without Delay. 

1 Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Ajfembly, 

■ I hope yon will give every Thing laid before you in my Speech of the 
1 i-Hh of Otlober paft, as alfo what I have now faid to you, their due Weight 
' and Confideration, with good Difpatch ; and thereby demonftrate your Duty 
' and Loyalty to the beft of Kings, who is always approving himfelf a nurfing 
1 Father to his People. 

Elizabelb-Toiun, Council Chamber, tKc\c\\PY 

December 23, 1756. J' 

The Letters referred to in his Excellency's Speech were alfo read. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading in the Afternoon. 

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A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from the Inhabitants of Trenton., 
fetting forth, that they have lately been compelled to take into their Houfes 
three Companies of his Majefty's Forces quartered in faid Town, to their very 
great Uneafinefs and Expence, praying that Provilion may be made for the Re- 
ception of thofe Troops as are or may occafionally be quartered there, and that 
they be fupplied with fuch NecefTaries as they have a Right to from the Publick, 
at a provincial Charge ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition of the Grand Jury of the County of Monmouth, was prefented to 
the Houfe, fetting forth the great Hardfhips that Debtors lie under, in beino- 
fued and run to great Cofts where there is no Difpute or Denial of the Debt • 
deiiring that fome Method may be fallen on to prevent exceffive Cofts upon 
fuch Actions where the Debt is not denied, but that upon the Defendant's 
conferring Judgment, Execution may be flayed, until fuch Time as Execution 
might otherwife be obtained according to common Proceedings ; which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Complaint of a Committee of the Board of Juflices and Freeholders of 
the County of Burlington, fetting forth, that there is in the Hands of Robert 
Smith, Efqj one of the Commiffioners of the Loan-Office for faid County, 
the Sum of £. 103 5, Jn uncancelled Bills of Credit, which ought to have been 
paid in and cancelled ; which faid Commiffioner hath as yet neglected to lay 
before the faid Board ; deiiring the faid Commiffioner may be profecuted accor- 
ding to Law ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and with the Letters 
therein referred to, and his Excellency's Speech of the 13th of OElober laft 
were committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on his Excellency's Speeches, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr.Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Nevill, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
That the Committee having had the Matters to them referred under Confidera- 
tion, are of Opinion, that as the Plan of Operation for the enfuing Campaign 
is not yet come to the Knowledge of the Houfe, makes it difficult to know 
what Steps at prefent it becomes this Colony to take ; and as his Excellency the 
Earl of Loudoun, has informed his Excellency our Governor, that he expects 
foon to be able to lay before him fo much of the faid Plan as may be neceffary 
for this Province to know ; it is the Opinion of this Committee, that the 
principal Matters recommended in his Excellency's Speeches be (for theReafons 
given at the laft Sitting) deferred to the further Confideration of this Committee 
when it may better be known what Part it will become this Colony to act ; 
and that for the prefent, a Bill be brought in, for continuing the Pay of the 
remaining Part of the Forces lately under Col. Schuyler, until the fixth Day 
of April next, and for difcharging the Forces on the Frontiers of this Colony • 
and that faid Committee defired Leave to fit again. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the above Report of the Committee, 
do agree thereto. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Johnfton do wait on his Excellency, with a 
Copy of the faid Report. 

B Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Wetherill be a Committee to prepare and bring 
in a Bill, for continuing the Pay of the remaining Part of the Forces lately 
under Col. Schuyler, &c. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill, entitled, An Aft to continue the Pay of the remaining Part of the Forces 
lately under Col. Schuyler, and for di (charging the Forces on the Frontiers of this 
Colony ; which was read, and committed to a Committee of the whole 
Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on the Bill, entitled, An Act to continue the Pay of the remaining Part of the 
Forces lately under Co/.Schuyler, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr.Speaker 
relumed the Chair, and Mr. Nevill, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that 
the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral Amendments 
thereto : Which Bill as amended being read, was agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

Thit the laid Bill be engrafted. 



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The Petition of the Inhabitants of Trenton, about quartering Soldiers, was 
read the fecond Time ; and the Members for the Cities of Perth- Amboy and 
Burlington^ and Counties of Middlefex and Somerfet, in Behalf of their Con- 
ftituents, complained of the fame Hardfhips, upon Account of the Soldiers 
quartered in Perth- Amboy, Burlington, New-brunjwick and Prince-Town ; 
defiring the Houfe will take the fame into Confideration, and order proper 
Relief to the burdened Inhabitants. 
Ordered, 

That the Confidcraiiou thereof be deferred till To-morrow Morning. 

Samuel Woodward, Efq; a Captain in the New-Jerfey Regiment, under CoL 
Schuyler, exhibited to the Houfe a Memorial, complaining, that laft Year 
large Quantities of Gammons and Rum belonging to the Province Stores, were 
fold to the Soldiers at a very extravagant Rate, by fome of the Officers, and a 
Serjeant in faid Regiment ; and that the Soldiers under his Command were for 
fome Time reduced to half Allowance : That Capt. Parker's Soldiers in their 
March to our Frontiers, laft Winter, committed feveral Diforders, and took the 
People's Goods away, and beat fome that went in Search of what was taken 
from them ; and that in the laft Summer's Campaign, his Soldiers for fome 
Time had no Rum nor Melaffes, while Capt. Parker's had Plenty j and Rum 
was fold out of the Province Stores to the Soldiers at a dear Rate : That he 
was divers Times abufed and challenged to Duels, by one Lieut. Ward, and 
at laft wounded in the Hand and upper Part of his Breaft, with a Sword, by 
faid Ward ; and of divers other Diforders committed by faid Ward and Soldiers; 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from the Prifoners for Debt in Monmouth County, and one from 
John llfle-e, a Prifoner for Debt in the Borough of Elizabeth, were prefented 
to the Houfe, fctting forth the Difficulties they labour under, praying an Act 
for their Relief j which were read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The 



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The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Act to continue the Pay of the remaining 
Part of the Forces lately under Col. Schuyler, tjfc. was read, and compared j 
and on the Queftion, 
Re/ohed, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 
Friday, December 24, 1756. 

The Houfe met. 

Two Petitions were prefented to the Houfe, one from the Mayor, Recorder, 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New-Brunfivick, and the other 
from the Inhabitants of the County of Middlefex, fetting forth, that feveral 
Companies of his Majefty's Forces are quartered upon the Inhabitants of New- 
Brunfwick, who are compelled to find them Lodgments, Firewood, Candles* 
&c. at their own Expence, to the very great Hardfhip of Particulars ; praying 
the Houfe to take the Premises into their Confideration, and order proper 
Relief ; which were refpectively read, and referred to the Confideration of the 
Houfe. 

The Houfe renaming the Confideration of the Petition from Trenton, and the 
Reprefentation of the Members of Amboy, Burlington, Middle/ex and Somerfet, 
with the above Petitions, relating to the Soldiers quartered among them : 

Ordered, Nemine Contradicente, 
That the refpective Members of the Cities of Burlington and Perth- Amboy] 
and the Counties of Burlington, Middlefex, Somerfet and Hunterdon, do lay 
before the Houfe, at the next Sitting fordoing the publick Bufinefs, a full and 
particular Account of the Charges they have been at refpectively, in providing 
fuch Neceffaries as could not be avoided, for the King's Troops quartered among 
them, in order that fuch Part thereof may be allowed as appears to have been 
difburfed according to the Acts of Parliament in that Cafe provided. 

Ordered, 
That the King's Printer of this Colony, do forthwith print fuch Parts of the 
Ads of Parliament made relative to the Army, as concerns the Colonies of 
North-America, under the Direction of Mr. Speaker and Mr. Nevill, or either 
of them, and diftribute them in the ufual Manner. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Johnjion and himfelf delivered the Copy of 
the Report of the Committee, with them entrufted, to his Excellency. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted, to the Council. 

A MeiTage from the Council by Mr. Ogden, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have pafs'd the Bill, entitled. An Act to continue the Pay of the 
remaining Part of the Forces lately under Col. Schuyler, &c. 

Jofepb 



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P 140 Jofeph Yard, Efq; one of the Members of this Houfe, exhibited a Complaint, 
_ ' fetting forth, That Houfes had been fixed upon in Trenton^ for fuch of his 
^•/»<a.Majelty's Forces as fhould be quartered there ; notwithstanding, that a Captain 
$~. of one of the Companies of the laid Forces came to his Houfe with fome Soldiers, 

in order to quarter one there; which the faid Complainant refufed, and requefted 
to know his Authority, but the faid Officer fhewed him only a Lift of the 
Inhabitants of the Town ; and foon after, the faid Officer taking a Mufquet in 
his Hand, rufhed againft the faid Complainant, and forced his Way into the 
Houfe, and put in one of his Soldiers ; who after fome Stay went away, leaving 
his Baggage : That towards the Evening of the fame Day, an Officer came 
again to his Houfe with a File of Mufquetiers, in order to replace the faid 
Soldier, under Pretence that he had been turned out with his Baggage, tho* 
no fuch Thing had been done, and told him he had fufficient Authority from 
Lord Loudoun for what he did ; and then faid Officer went into every Room 
of faid Complainant's Houfe, and then ordered one of his Serjeants, to fee that 
the Soldier was lodged in a good Feather-Bed in the Houfe, or expect Puniih- 
ment ; and that in the Evening of the fame Day, a Serjeant came and brought 
another Soldier, and left in the Houfe of this Complainant. Which Complaint 
was read in the Houfe, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Smith do wait on the Council, and defire to know 
if they have any Bufinefs before them ; if not, that this Houfe purpofes to 
apply to his Excellency for a Difmiffion. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Smith and himfelf delivered the above Meflage 
to the Council, who fay they have no Bufinefs before them. 

Ordered, 
That the lame Gentlemen do wait on his Excellency, and defire he will be 
pleafed to pafs the Bill before him, and then difmifs the Houfe. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Smith and himfelf had performed the above 
Order ; and that his Excellency required the Attendance of the Houfe in the 
Council-Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency; who was pleafed to give his Affent to the following Bill, 
enacting the fame, viz. 

An Act to continue the "Pay of the remaining Tart of the Forces lately under 
Col. Schuyler, and for difcharging the Forces on the Frontiers of this Colony. 

And then his Excellency directed the Houfe to adjourn themfelves to the 
20th Day of Jattuary next, then to meet at Elizabeth-Town. 

The Houfe accordingly adjourn'd to the 20th Day of January next. 



T)Y Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint James Parker, of 
** Woodbridge, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speaker. 



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PROCEEDINGS 

F T H E 

General Affembly 

O F T H E 

Province of NEW -JERSEY. 



At a SESSION, at Elizabeth-Town, met by Adjournments, 
March 15th, 1757, and continued to the 31ft of fame the Month, and 
then prorogued till two o'Clock in the Afternoon, of the fame Day. 




Woodbridge, in New-Jersey j 
Printed by James Parker, by Order of the General Affembly, 175". 



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/^?/^ of the General Affembly. 



E LIZABETH-TOWN, Tuesday, March 15, 1757. 

PURSUANT to his Excellency's feveral Adjournments of the General 
Affembly to this Day, the Houfe met, 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith and Mr. Stevens do wait on his Excellency, and 
acquaint him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed upon Bufinefs 
are met, and ready to receive any Thing he mall pleafe to lay before them. 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf had performed the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleaied to fay, he would fend for the 
Houfe at Twelve o'clock. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, requiring the Attendance of the Houfe, in 
the Council Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to 
make a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Aff-mbly, of which Mr. Speaker 
faid he hid (to prevent Miitakes) obtained a Copy ; which by Order was read, 
and is as follows. 

' Gentlemen of the Council and of the General Affembly, 

4 TN the two fhort Seffions we had mOclober and Decemberhft, I recommended 
' J. to you feveral Affairs, which, in your Anfwer to me, you faid were of 
' extraordinary Moment, and that you deilred a Recefs for further Coniideration 

* of them. 

' As I was fo full and particular at the Times I have mentioned in many 

* important Affairs, I hope you will have recourfe to them, and do as (hall be 

* judged neceffary for the King's Honour and Intereif, in the Common Caufe 
' againil the Enemy, and for the belt Safety and Welfare of this Province. 

• But what I wou'd in the mod earned Manner repeat to you, is, the coming 

* intoaRefblution for raifingagood Number of Men, tojoin the King's Trocps 
' under the Command of the Ri rht Honourable the Earl of Loudoun : and as 
' the Year is advancing apace, to be as expeditious in this Matter as you poffibly 
' can. And as to further Particulars relative to the Operations of the enfuing 
'Campaign, the Events whereof will be of fuch Confequence to this and the 
' neighbouring Colonies, I now lay before you a Letter, I have received from 
' the Right Honourable the Lord Loudoun, dated at Neiv-Tork, the 26th of 
' February, wherein you will find that all the N.w-England Governments, and 

* that of New-Tork, have readily agreed to the Numbers of Men Lord 
4 Loudoun has afk'd of them ; which I hope will be leading to your exerting 
' yourfelves in like Manner ; and as the King and his Parliament, have already 

B ' made 



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made you a generous Gift of Five Thoufand Pounds Sterling, and the King has 
alfo taken upon him the Charge of Provifions, for what Troops you may 
1 raife, it will greatly liquidate the Burthen of the Province ; I therefore hope 
« you will, in a grateful Return to his Majefty'sCare and Kindnefs, fall into fuch 
' Meafures as he juftly expe&s from you ; and to do it immediately, will be 
1 giving an Inftance of double Duty, Loyalty and Zeal to his Majefty, and of 
« your beft Affiftance in the prefent critical Conjuncture. 

' Since our laft Meeting I received a Letter from the Honourable Mr. Denny, 
c Governor of Penjilvania, dated Philadelphia, December i6th, 1756, with a 
c Copy of a Treaty of Peace he has concluded with the Delaware and other 
' Indians ; the fame I fhall order to be delivered you, wherein you will find 

• Mention made feveral Times of this Province ; which Matter you will con- 

• fider, and act therein as may be judged moft for the Service of this Province. 

' Gentlemen of the General Aflembly, 

* As the Nature of the Things I have laid before you, will require Supplies of 

• Money, I depend you will chearfully do your Part, for fpeedily puting them 
' in Motion and Practice. 

' Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Afembly, 

c By the prefent Complexion and Situation of Affairs, we may properly call it 
' a Criterion, whereby to judge of what may be the Event of the coming Year, 
' and which lhould ftimulate us to do all in our Power, with the Divine Afli* 
' ftance, to prevent our falling under the Yoke of French Tyranny, and for pre- 
' ferving our Religion, Liberties, Rights and Properties to ourlelvcs, and for 
' tranfmitting them down to our lateft Pofterity. 

E/izabclh-Toivn, Council Chamber, XKn\n\\P>X' 

March 15, 1757. J* lJLlLllLl. 

The Letter referred to in his Excellency's Speech, being laid before the 
Houfe, was alfo read. 
Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading in the Afternoon. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and with the Letter 
therein referred to, and his Excellency's Speeches of Oclober and December laft, 
were committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly reiblved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, 
to proceed on his Excellency's Speeches, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee, reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters 
to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again ; to which the Houfe agreed. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Wednefday, March 16, 1757. 

The Houfe met, 
The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
his Excellency's Speeches, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 

refumed 



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refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
That the Committee had made fome further Progrefs in the Matters to them 
referred, and defired Leave to fit again ; to which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
His Excellency, by his Clerk, laid before the Houfe, the Letter from Go- 
vernor Denny, of Pennjyhania, and the Indian Treaty, referred to in his 
Excellency's Speech ; which were read, and committed to the Committee of 
t he whole Houfe, on his Excellency's Speeches, &c. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
hisExcellency's Speeches and Matters aforefaid : After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee, reported, That the Committee had gone through his Excellency's 
Speeches, and come to fundry Refolutions 5 which, by Order, he reported as 
follows : 

Refolved, 

That a humble Addiefs be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his 
Speeches ; to which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 

That Five Hundred Men, including thofe remaining of the Regiment lately 
under Colonel Schuyler, be immediately raifed, cloathed, armed, and paid by 
this Colony, for his Majefty's Service in the enfuing Campaign j and on the 
Queftion whether the Houfe agrees to raife the faid Five Hundred Men, or 
augment the Number to Six Hundred : It was carried for Five Hundred \ as 
follows : 



For 500 Mitt. 


For 6od Men. 


For No Mm, 


Mr. Wetberill, 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Smith, 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. Johnlhn, 


Mr. Clement, 


Mr. Fi/oir, 


Mr. O d den, 


Mr. Miller. 


Mr. Hoogland, 


Mr. Vr eland, 




Mr. Vangefon, 


Mr. Ladd, 




Mr. Read, 


Mr. Xard, 




Mr. Pax/on, 


Mr. Middagk. 


% 


Mr. Hancock, 






Mr. Li anting, 






Mr. Spicer. 







Refolved, 

That for the railing, cloathing, arming and paying, the aforefaid Forces, 
there be ftruck in Paper Bills of Credit, the Sum of £. 1 0,000, to be funk by 
a Provincial Tax, in five Years j to which the Houfe agreed. 
Refohed, 

That a Committee be appointed to enquire into Indian Affairs in this Colony; 
to which the Houfe agreed. And, 

Mr. Hancock, from faid Committee further reported, That the Committee, 
in the Courfe of their Deliberations, had found it neceffary, in order to be able 
to give Affiftance to the Common Caufe hereafter, that the Draught of a Bill 
mould be prepared, to be tranfmitted for his Majefty's AfTent, for ftriking the 
Sum of £.60,000, in Bills of Credit, to be emitted on Loan within this Co- 
lony ; the whole Intereft whereof to be lubjec! to the Neceffities of the War 
hereafter, in fuch Manner as the Legiflature may apply it ; and in Cafe the 
fame ihould not be wanted to carry on the War, then to be applied for the 
finking the Money now or heretofore made current for carrying on the War ; 
to which the Houfe agreed. Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, Mr. Yard, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Clement, be a 
Committee to draw the Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Spicer, Mr. 0^« and Mr. Fifher, be a Committee, 
to prepare and bring in a Bill, for railing, cloathing, arming, and paying the 
Forces intended for his Majefly's Service ; and for ltriking the aforefaid 
£.10,000, in Bills of Credit, &c. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Smith, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Miller and Mr. Middagh, be 
a Committee to enquire into Indian Affairs in this Colony. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer, Mr. Learning, Mr. Smith and Mr. Paxfon, be a Com- 
mittee to prepare the Draught of a Bill, to be fent Home for his Majefty's 
Alfent, for making current £.60,000, in Bills of Credit, and a Petition to his 
Majefty to accompany the laid Bill. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock, M\ Stevens, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Hoogland and Mr. 
Holmes, or any three of them, be a Committee to infpeft the Accounts of the 
feveral Commiffionersand Perfons employed in laying out the publick Money 
for the raifing, arming, cloathing, fu bulling, and paying the Forces of this 
Colony ; and make their Report to this Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Miller and Mr. Fijher, be a Com- 
mittee to bring in a Bill for Support of Government. 

Mr. Stevens had Leave to be abfent 'till Mo7iday next. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Thurfday, March 17, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 
Jofeph Tard, Efq; one of the Members of this Houfe for the Counties of 
Hunterdon and Morris, laid a Letter he had lately received from Col. Ford, of 
Morris-County, before the Houfe ; fetting forth great Deficiencies of Arms in 
fome of the back Inhabitants of faid County, and their utter Inability to furnifh. 
themfelves therewith, defiring a Supply of Arms out of the Province Stores, 
which he would fee returned or paid for ; which was read, and referred to the 
Confideration of the Houfe. 

Mr. Spicer, from the Committee appointed for that Purpol'e, brought in 
the Draught of a Bill, entitled, An Act for making current £.60,000, in Bills 
of Credit, to be emitted on Loan within the Colony o/'New-Jerfey ; the Intcrefi 
•whereof to fink the further Sum of £,29,000, to be aljo made current for the 
immediate Service of the Crown, ij the fame fould be needed, otherivife for the 
Relief of the faid Colony : And alfo a Petition to his Majefty, to accompany 
the faid Bill : Which Bill and Petition were relpeclively read, and ordered 
fecond Readings. 

Mr. Wetherill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill jor Support of Govcrnnunt ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. A 



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A Petition of the Owners of a Tract of Salt Marfh in Greenwich, in Cumber- 
land County, called Tindals I/land Marjh, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting 
forth, That there is a two Rod Road laid out from a Point of Land, acrofs a 
Marfh and Thoroughfare Creek, to the faid Tindah IJland ; which Road is at 
prefent almoft impalTable for want of Bridges and Cauleways, and the faid 
Meadow or Marfh thereby rendered of very little Value to the Owners . 
praying an Act for keeping up and fupporting the faid R.oad, Caufeways anj 
Bridges ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Draught of the Bill, entitled, An Aft. for making Current £.60,000, in 
Biih of Credit to be emitted on Loan, &c. was read the fecond Time, and 
committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee cf the whole Houfe 
on the aforementioned Draught of the Bill, entitled, An Act for making 
current JT. 6c, 000, in Bills of Credit, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Ccmmittee, 
reported, that the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral 
Amendments thereto : Which Bill as amended was read, and agreed to by 
the Houfe, Nemine Contradicente. 

The Petition to his Majefiy in favour of the faid Bill, for making current 
JT. 60,000, in Bills cf Credit, &c. was read the fecond Time, and feveral 
Amendments being thereunto made, the fame as amended was agreed to by the 
Houfe, and is as follows. 

To the K I N G ' S Mod Excellent Majesty. 

The Petition of the Houfe of Reprefentatives of the Colony o/"New-Jerfey 

in General Ajfembly met, 

Mofl Humbly Sheweth, 

< '" I ^HAT the continued DiftrefTes of this your Majefty's dutiful and loyal 
c j_ Colony, oblige us to renew our Application, that your Majefiy would 
c be gracioufly pleafed to accept of the little Affifiance we are capable of giving, 
« towards carrying on the War againft the common Enemy in thefe Parts, in a 
<. Manner that will beft promote the End, and at the lame Time confiderably 
c lighten the Burthen of your willing Subjects. 

1 * A Paper Currency within this Colony has ever preferved its Credit, and 

* when emitted on Loan, has been of the greateft Advantage to our Sealers, 
' having enabled many Hundreds of them to begin and go on with Improve- 
' ments, that might otherwife have been either ruined in a Goal, or in a great 
' Meafure ufelefs to the Community ; it has contributed greatly to the Value 

* of Lands, and the Encreafe of your Majefty's Dominions in thefe Parts, and is 
' generally acknowleged to have been greatly btnsficial to this young Colony 
' in feveral other Refpects, having beenever emitted onaFund incapable ofdepre- 

* ciating or deceiving; as fuch we humbly prefume to offer the annexed Bill for 
' your Majefty's Gracious Approbation, being forrn'd on the fame Plan, 

C and 



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* and intended In the fame Manner, in every RefpecT: but this, that the Intereft 
' Money has heretofore been applied to the Support of this Government, but 

* now is defigned to be a Fund for finking the Sum of Twenty Nine Thoufand 
1 Pounds, to be immediately prepared, and to lie ready to be applied for your 
■ Majefty's Service, for carrying on the prefent War, in fuch Manner as the 
' Lcgiilature of this Colony (hall find neceffary. 

' This Method for providing againft next Summer's, or future Campaigns, is 
1 the more expedient, as the real Diftrefiefs in which the War has already involved 

* this Colony, both in defending itfelf againft the Indians, in furni filing at 
' leaft our Proportion of Men for Services abroad, and in divers other Refpecls, 
' are fuch as requires an Exertion of every prudent Meafure to prevent our being 
' difabled from afiifting the Common Caufe hereafter, and thereby run the 
'Rifle of declining in the Affections of our Gracious Sovereign ; a Calamity 
' we would by all Means willingly avoid : And therefore do moft humbly pray, 

* that your Majefty would be gracioufly pleafed to fignify your royal Pleafure 
1 to his Excellency our Governor, to give his Affent to the annexed Bill. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Speaker do fign the faid Bill and Petition ; and that three fair 
Copies of each be prepared for him alfo to fign, and tranfmit to the Agent of 
this Colony, to be by him laid before his Majefty. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from a Number of the Inhabitants of 
Bergen County, fetting forth, That a Petition was formerly laid before this 
Houfe, for paffing an Ad for builaing Bridges in Saddle River Precintr, in the 
laid Countyof Bergen, at the Expence of the whole County ; which if obtained 
would be a great Hardfliip upon the Inhabitants in general ; praying for the 
Reafons therein contained, that the Prayer of the firft Petition be reje&ed j 
"which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 
Friday, March iSth, 1757. 

The Koufe met, 

Mr. Smith laid before the Houfe the Accounts for quartering Soldiers in 
Burlington and Borden-Toiim. 

The Bill for Support of Government, to commence the Twenty-firji of May 
1757, and to end the Tweuty-frfi of 'May 175S, was read the fecond Time, 
and committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, 
on the Biliybr Support of Government : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Bill to them 
leferred, and defned Leave to fit again ; to which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The 



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The Houfe met. 

Mr. Read from the Committee appointed to enquire into Indian Affairs in 
this Colony; reported, that the faid Committee had enquired into the fame, 
and were of Opinion, that it is neceffary that a Law of this Colony be palled 
for regulating Indian Affairs, &c. a Bill for which Purpofe Mr. Read, by 
Leave given, brought in, entitled, An A&for regulating Indian Affairs within 
the Colony o/~New-Jerfey ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Nevill, one of the Juflices of the Supreme Court of this Colony, having 
reprefented to thisHoufe, that one Benjamin Springer, a Prifoner in the Goal of 
the Borough of Elizabeth, is charged with a Murder not long fince committed 
in the County of Suffex, and feveral other Mildemenours ; and that if the faid 
Prifoner mould be removed by Habeas Corpus to the faid County of Suffex, to 
be there tryed according to Law, the Iniufficiency of the Goal, and the Cala- 
mities of the County, occalloned by the late Incurlions of che Enemy, is fuch, 
that no Security would be had in the Confinement of faid Prifoner there ; and 
that the prefent Situation of Affairs in the faid County of Suffex, not fuffering 
the Abfence of Juries to be returned to the Barr of the Supreme Courts at 
Perth-Amboy or Burlington, for trying the faid Prifoner. 

The Houfe taking the above Matters into Confederation, are of Opinion, that 
it is abfolutely neceffary to change the Venire, for trying the abovefaid Prifoner. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Read be a Committee to bring in a Bill for trying 
the faid Prifoner in any one of the Counties of this Colony, (the County of 
Suffex excepted.) 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
the Bill jor Support of Government : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, That the Committee had made fome further Progrefs in the Bill to 
them referred, and defired Leave to fit again ; to which the Houfe agreed. 

The Bill, entitled, An Adl for regulating Indian Affairs, WdS read the 
fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Smith, Mr. Fijher and Mr. Qgden. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock. 

Saturday, March 19, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
the Bill for Support of Government : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, That the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and come to 
fundry Refolutions, which by Leave he reported and delivered in at the Table, 
where the faidReiolutions (with the faid Bill) being ag^in read, are as follows : 
Refolved, 

That in and by faid Bill, when pafTed into a Law, there be paid to his 
Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Efq ; One Thoufand Pounds per Annum. And 
on the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto, or not ? it pafs'd in the 
Affirmative. 

YEAS. 



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YEAS, TEAS. YEAS. NATS. 

Mr. Stevens, lAr.Vreland, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Holme<, } w , , f 

M r. Jobnflbn, M r. Vangefcn, Mr. M//w, M r. fa.*/™, J W n0 VOtea - or I s -°- 

M-. n.'.', Mr. Read. Mr. Leaning, 

Mr. Wethcrill, Mx. Smith, Mr.Spicer. 

Mr. F//,?.'>-, Mr. W<£ Mr. ?"W, 

Mr. HnoglanJ, Mr. Clement, Mr.Middagb, 

To Robert Hunter Morn 's, Efq; Chief Juftice of the Supreme Court, of 
this Colony, One Hundred Pounds, per Annum. And on the Qaeftion, whe- 
ther the Houfe agrees thereto, or not ? it paffea in the Affirmative. 

TEAS. TEAS. NATS. 

Mr. S*evens, Mr. LaiU, Mr. Wetherill, 

Mr. JobitBon, Mr. Hancock, ft r. Wc/?*«, "\ 

Mr. ,\ e-vill , Mr. Miller, Mr. Fifier, I 

Mr.Vuland, Mr Learning, f U.Hoogland, SWho all vcted for £. 50. 

Mr. Read, Mr.Spicer, Mr. Vangefon, f 

Mr. &!»7£, Mr. Middagb. Mr. Pcxion. J 

Mr. Clement, 

To Samuel Nevili, Efq; Second Juftice of the Supreme Court, Twenty-five 
Pounds per Annum. 

To Richard Salter, Efq; Third Juftice of the Supreme Court, Twenty-Jive 
Fcu:ids per Annum. 

To Courtland Skinner, Efq; Attorney General of this Colony, Thirty Pounds 
per Annum. 

To Andrew Johnfcon, and Samuel S?nith, Efqrs. Treafurers of this Colony, 
Forty Pounds per Annum, each. 

To Charles Read, Efq; Clerk of the Council, Thirty Pounds per Annum. 

To Richard. Partridge, Efq; Agent of this Colony, Eighty Pounds per Annum. 

To j^/z Smyth, Efq; Clerk of the Circuits of this Colony, Twenty Pounds 
per Annum. 

To the Door-keeper of the Council, Tcvz Pounds per Annum. 

To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Efq; at the Rate of S/xfy Pounds per 
Annum, lor Houie-Rent. And on the QuefHon, whether the Houfe agrees 
thereto, or not ? it pafs'd in the Affirmative. 

YEAS. YEA-. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Hoogland. Mr. La. hi. Mr. Wetherill, 

Wlt.Jobnfton, Mr. Vreland, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Neiill, Mr.Fangeto, Mr. Miller, Mr. Paxlbn, 

Mr. ugden, Mr. Read, Mr. beaming* Mr. Clement. 

Mr. Fifier, Mr. &»«£, Mr. tyim , 

Mr. WddSgb. 

To the Chief Juftice, or any one of the Jaftices of the Supreme Court, for 
attending Circuit Courts, and Courts of Oyer and Terminer, in the Manner 
directed by faid Act, the Sum of Ten Pounds each Time. 

To each of the Council, for the Time thev refpeclively fhall attend, at any 
Sitting of General Affembly within the faid Term, Six Shillings per Diem. 

To Abraham Clark, jun. or any other Clerk of theEbufe of Reprefentatives, 
for Aucndance, Ei*bt Shillings per Diem: Alfo Four Pence per Sheet, 
reckoning Ninety Words to the Sheet, for entering the Minutes fair in the 
Book, and Copying the Laws and Minutes for the Printer : Alfo to faid 
Abraham Clark, Ten Pounds, for Pen, Ink and Paper at this and former Sittings. 

To the Secretary, for Charges attending Expreffe^ to this Time, Seventy 
Pounds Twelve Shillings and Three Pence Three Farthings, To 



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To each of the Treafurers of this Colony, Six Pence per Pound for exchang- 
ing ragged and torn Bills of Credit of this Colony; and to each of the faid 
Treafurers, Ten Pounds per Annum, for the laft Year, and the Year enfuino- } 
for extraordinary Services. 

To James Parker, or any other Printer, for printing the Minutes of the 
Houfe, during the Continuance of this A<ft ; and to William Bradford, for 
printing the Laws pafs'd at any Sitting as aforefaid, fuch Sums as Charles Read, 
Hendrick Fifjer, John Johnjlon, Henry Paxfon, and John Ladd, Efqrs, or 
any two of them, lhall agree to be paid for the faid Services. 

To the Serjeant at Arms for the Time being, for attending the Houfe of 
Reprefentatives, during the faid Term, Three Shillings per Diem. 

To the Serjeant at Arms, for attending the Council as aforefaid, Three 
Shillings per Diem. 

To the Door-keeper to the Houfe of Reprefentatives, for attending the 
Houfe during the faid Term, Three Shillings and Six Pence per Diem. 

To Richard Partridge, Efq; Agent of this Colony, in full of his Account 
to the 7th of May ij$b, the Sum of Two Hundred and Eighty Two Pounds 
Twelve Shillings and One Penny. 

To Robert Ogden, Efq-, to pay Mary Dennis, the Sum of Twenty Shillings 
per Week, for the Ufe of a Room, Fire-wood and Candles, for the Houfe, 
during the Sittings of Affemblies. 

To Andrew Johnjlon, Efq; the Sum of Fifteen Shillings per Week, to pay 
for the Ufe of a Room, Fire-wood and Candles, for the Council, during any 
Sitting within the faid Term. 

To Abraham Clark, jun. in full of his Account to this Time, for copying 
Laws for the Governor, Three Pounds Fifteen Shi lings.. 

To each of the Members of the Houle of Reprefentatives, for their 
Attendance at any Sitting during the faid Term, jhe Sum of Six Shillings per 
Diem. 

To all which feveral Sums the Houfe agreed. And on the Quefiion, 
whether the faid Bill be engrofs'd or not ? it pafs'd in the Affirmative. 

Ordered, 
That the faid Bill be engroffed. 

Mr. Smith from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Act for regulating Indian Affairs, reported, that they had made feveral 
Amendments to the faid Bill, and Title, being now entitled, An Act for 
regulating Indian Affairs, and to prevent the jetting of Deer-traps within the 
Colony of New-Jeriey ; which Bill, as amended, being again read, was agreed 
to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. 

The Petition from the Owners of fome Meadows or Marfh, called Tindah 
Ifland Marfh, in the County of Cumberland, for an Act to make and maintain 
Bridges and Caufeways on a certain Road therein mentioned, was read the 
fecond Time. 

P Ordered, 



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Ordered, 

That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill, agreeable to the Prayer of 
their Petition, at the next Sitting of General Affembly, provided that publick 
Notice thereof be given in the publick News Papers, or otherwile advertifed 
in fome publick Place of faid County, contiguous to the faid Premifes, at leafl 
three Weeks before the faid Sitting of Affembly ; and no reafonable Objections 
then appearing againfl it. 

The Koufe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o' Clock. 
Monday, March 21, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An A& for regulating Indian Affairs, and t$ 
prevent the jetting of Deer-traps, &c. was read and compared. And on the 
Queflion, whether the faid Bill do pafs or no: ? it was carried in the Affirma- 
tive : Yeas, all prefent but Mr. Holmes, who voted in the Negative. 

Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
T"].. I Vr eland and Mr. Tard do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 

their Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Readiro^i the Committee appointed for that Purpofe brought in a Bill 1 
entitled, An &€i for complecting the Regiment in the Pay of the -Colony o/"New- 
Jerfey, to the Number of Five Hundred effective Men, _&c. which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Vreland reported, that Mr. Tard and himfelf delivered the Bill with. 
them entrufled, to the Council. 

The Bill, entitled, An A<ft for compleating the Regiment in the Pay of the 
Colony o/"New-Jerfey, to the Number 0/ Five Hundred effective Men, £cc. was 
read the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into Committee of the whole Houfe 
on the aforementioned Bill : After, fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Bill, to them referred, arid 
defired Leave to fit again ; to which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Ciock. 
Tuefday, March 22, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Vangefon informed the Houfe, that Mr Bradberry, one of the Members 
of this Houfe, is fick and unable to attend the Service th is Sefiion. 

Mr. 



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Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill, entitled, An A& for the Tryal of Benjamin Springer, Ifo isnwa 
Prijoner in the Borough Goal, in the County of EfTex, &c. which was read 
and ordered a iecond Reading. ' 

The Houfe being now informed, that the Chief Juftice of this Colony had 
performed the Duties of his Office from November laft, which is fix Months 
before the Salaries allowed him, in the Bill for Support of Government 
commences. J \ 

Re/ohed, 
That £. 5 o, be allowed him as his Salary, during the faid Time.' 

Ordered, 
That the fame be infertcd in the Support Bill. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf intoa Committee of the whole Houfe, on the 
•BUI , entitled, ./*« ACtforcompleating the Regiment in the Pay oftheColom of New- 
Jerfey, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, 
and Mr .Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee, 
had made fome further Progrefs in the Bill to them referred, and denied 
Leave to fit again ; to which the Houfe agreed. 

. The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M. 

The Houfe met, 

. T v C n H ° nC ? f gaIn refoIv ed itielf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
the Bill, entitled An Ad. for competing the Regiment in the Pay of the Colony 
vf . New-Jerfey &c. After fome Time ipent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the 
Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported that the 
Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral Amendments 
thereto ; which Bill, as amended, being again read, and other Amendments 
thereunto made, was agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrolTed, 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'CIock. 
Wednefday, March 23, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. ' 

Ordered, 
<iEK£$^ ^ ^ rmge! °" d0 ™V the feid BiU to the Coioca for 

aSKsSK^ gg£. 5-H* * himfdf had de.ive.ed ' .he 

I Mr. 



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Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed to draw the Draught of ari 
Addrefs to his Excellency, reported, That they had drawn the fame j 
which, by order, was read, and feveral Amendments being made thereto, and 
on the Queflion, agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd 'till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofs'd Addrefs to his Excellency, was read and compared. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Learning and Mr. Fi/her, do wait upon his Excellency, and defire 
to know when he will be waited upon by the Houfe with their Addrefs. 

Mr. Learning reported, that Mr. Fi/her and himfelf had perform'd the Order 
of the Houfe to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would let the Houfe 
know when he was ready to receive the Addrefs. 

The Petition of feveral Inhabitants of the County of Bergen, againfl a Peti- 
tion formerly prefentcd, praying to have the Bridges in Saddle-River Precinct, 
fupported at a County Charge ; was read the fecond Time, and referred to 
further Confideration. 

A MefTage from the Council by Mr. AJhfield, acquainting the Houfe, that 
the Council have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An Act for regulating Indian Af- 
fairs, 6cc. together with fundry Amendments thereto ; which were read in 
their Places, and on the Queflion, agreed to by the Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That the faid Bill, as amended, be re-engrofs'd. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An AcT: for compleating the Regiment, &c. 
was read and compared, and on the Queflion. 

Refolded, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevi/I and Mr. R ead, do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd 'till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock. 

Thurfdajfy March 24, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill re-engroffed with the Council's Amendments, entitled, An A£tfor 
regulating Indian Affairs, &c. was read and compar'd j and on the Queflion, 
Refohed, 
That the fame do pafsj 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Ladd, do carry the faid Bill to the Council. 

Mr. 



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Mr. Holmes defired, that his Diffent might be entered to the Bill for Support 
af Government, pafs'd Yeflerday. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P'. M. 

The Houfe met, 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Council. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Ladd and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted, to the Council. 

A MefTige from the Council by Mr. Afifield, acquainting the Houfe, that 
the Council have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An k(Xfor the Support of the Go- 
vernment, &c. And alfo, The Bill, entitled, An Act for compleating the Re- 
giment in the Pay of this Colony, &c. without any Amendments. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock. 
Friday, March 25th, IJ$J. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petitions from the Prifoners for Debt, in Monmouth-County Goal ; and 
from John Iljlee, a Prifoner in the Borough of Elizabeth Goal, prefented td 
the Houfe at the Sitting in December laft, praying an Infolvent AcT: may paft 
for their Relief, was read the fecond Time, and referred to further Confidera- 
tion. 

The Complaint of Jofeph Yard, Efq; exhibited to the Houfe in December tJ^^^-' 
laft, about quartering Soldiers on him, was read the fecond Time. ' /**■&. 

Rejolved, Nemine Contradicente, 

That the quartering Soldiers in any private Houfe within this Colony, is ex- 
prefsly contrary to the Act of Parliament in that Cafe provided ; and that it is 
the Duty of the Magiftrates of this Colony, to put the Law in Execution, or 
they will be liable to be complained of for Breach of Duty. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Vr -eland 'and Mr. Vangefon, do wait upon the Council, and defirc 
to know if they have any Bufinefs before them } if not, that this Houfe pur- 
pofes to apply to his Excellency for a Difmiffion. 

Mr. Vangefon reported, that Mr. Vreland and himfelf delivered the above 
■ Meffage to the Council, who fay, they have no Bufinefs before them. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Spicer, do wait on his Excellency,, and acquaint 
him, that neither the Council or this Houfe, have any Bufinefs before them .; 
and defire he will pleafe to receive the Addrefs of the Houfe, and pafs the Bills 
before him, and difmifs the Houfe. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Spicer and himfelf, delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, that after he had examined 
the Bills before him, and had received an Anfwer to a Meffage he had fent to 
the Earl of Loudoun, the Houfe mould hear from him. 

The Houfe adjourn'd 'till Two, P. M. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd 'till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock. 

E Saturday 



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Saturday, March 26, 1757.- 

The Houfe met. 
A MciTage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, in the Words following } 

c Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly ; 

* T T P O N reading your Bill for compleating the Regiment of the Colony 
c ^ of Nrw-Jerfey to Five Hundred Men, I find the Paragraph relating to 

* an Enliftment of indented Servants militating with an Adl of Parliament, 
' made and pafl the lad Year, on that Behalf; and which AQ. I herewith fend 

* you. 

' I mufl alfo obferve to you, that the Bill makes no Provifion for draughting 
8 or detaching out of the Militia, in Cafe the Regiment cannot be compleated 
f in the Manner the Bill propofes ; and if this fhou'd be the Cafe, (as may be 
c feared) it feems neceflary to add a Claufe to the Bill, for draughting 

* what Men may appear wanting to compleat the Regiment to the Number 
« mentioned in the Bill ; or otherwife, the Aid and Affiftance you propofe for 
« joining in the Common Caufe, may prove weak and ineffedtual ; to prevent 
" which, his Majefty's Provinces to the Eaftward, have fallen into this neceffary 
t Expedient; and Idefire you, Gentlemen, to confider whatlnowlay before you, 
c and to amend the Bill in thefe Articles, with what Difpatch you can ; for aa 
c the Year is far advanced, the Levies mould be going forward with as little 
< Delay as pollible. 

Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, f> n 1 n 1-, „ _. 

March 26, 1757. J' iJClLIlLl. 

The Draught of a Meffage to his Excellency, in Anfwer to the above, being 
propofed, the Queftion was put, whether the following Words be continued 
in laid MefTage, or not, viz. The Houfe are determified not to oblige or compel 
any of the Inhabitafits by Force toferve as Soldiers ? it was carried as follows, 

To be continued. To be continued. Not to be continued. 

Mr. IFetherill, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Stevens, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Clement, Mr. Johnllon. 

Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Sevill, 

Mr. Read, Mr. Miller, Mr. Vreland, 

- Mr Smith, Mr. Learning, Mr. Vangifdni 

Mr. Pax/on, Mr.^iw, Mr. Tard, 

Mr. Miadagb. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Wetherill and Mr. Clement do wait on his Excellency, and inform 
him, that the Bill now before him, is conformable to all the Aclsof this Colony 
for raifing Troops, and that this Houfe are unwilling by any AA of theirs, to 
give Encouragement for enlifting Apprentices or Servants, by which many of 
the good People of this Colony have been greatly diftreffed. 

That the Houfe are determined not to oblige or compel any of the Inhabi- 
tants by Force to ferve as Soldiers ; but have, for the Good of the Service, and 
to compleat the Levies as foon as poffible, given a Bounty unexampled in this 
or any of the neighbouring Colonies'; and entertain no Dcubt, but if your 
Excellency appoint for Officers Perfons of Influence in Parts of the Colony 
diftant from each other, our Troops will be able to take the Field as foon as any 
Military Operations will be undertaken. 

Mr- 



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Mr.JVetherill reported, that Mr. Clement and himfelf delivered the abore 
Meffage to his Excelleny, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhould hear 
from him. 

His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe, two Petitions for 
their Conlideration, which he lately received from fundry of the Inhabitants 
of the County of Su/ftx, fetting forth, the great Danger the Frontier Inhabitants 
of faid County are expofed to from the Indians ; praying that Forces may be 
ordered up for their Defence ; which were read, and ordered fecond Readings. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Monday, March 28, 1757. 

The Houfe met. , 

The Petitions from the Frontier Inhabitants of the County of Sufex, for a 
Guard to be polled there againft the Indian Enemy, were read the 'fecond. 
Time, and referred to further Conlideration. 

Ordered, 
_ That Mr. Fifter and Mr. Pax/on do wait on his Excellency, and inform 
him, that the Houfe have been waiting ever fince Friday laft, and defire if he 
has any Thing to lay before the Houfe, he would pleafe to do it, if not, that 
the Houfe are very defirous of being difmifs'd. 

Mr. Ogdendc fired, that hisDiflent might be entered to the Words (on which 
the Queftion was put) in the Meffage fent to his Excellency on Saturday laft, 
he being then abfent. 

Mr. FiJ/jer reported, that Mr. Pax fan and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency ; who was pleafed to fay, he had Matters of great 
Importance, which he thought he mould oe able to lay before the Houfe by 
Four of the Clock in the Afternoon. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A written Meffage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, in the Words 
following, 



I 



' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

N Anfwer to your Meffage of the 26th Infhnt, I am to obferve to you; 
that although the Bill for raifing Five Hundred Men, may be conform- 

■ ableto former Acls of this Colony, of the like Nature, paft before the Act of 
« Parliament I have now laid before you, made purpofely reflecting the Inliftment 

* of indented Servants ; certainly no Englifi Government ought, or can, make 
' Acts to render null and void an Act of the King, Lords and Commons of 

* Great-Britain : And as to myfelf, I am pofitively commanded by the 

■ King's Royal Inflections, not to give my Affent to any Bill that fhall 
« interfere with an Act of Parliament of Great-Britain ; you will therefore fee 
* the Neceflity of an Amendment of the Bill in this Article. 

' As 



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1 As to what I mentioned of the Draughting of Men, in Cafe there fhould 

* be Neceflity of it for compleating the Forces, I am ibrry to hear you fay, You 

1 are determined not to oblige or compel any of the Inhabitants to jerve as Soldiers. 

1 Which I hope you will reconfider, and do therein as other Governments 

4 have done, and thereby render the Bill the more effectual to anfwer the 

* Intent thereof. 

' Gentlemen, 
1 In Anfwer to your Requeft, I wrote to the Right Honourable the Lord 
1 Loudcun, by your Exprefs, to know if his Lordfhip had any frefh Directions to 
' give me, that might be necefiary to lay before you ; and in Anfwer thereunto, I 
' have received two Letters from his Lordfhip, which I herewith fend you, 
1 wherein you will find his Lordfhip greatly iurprized, that you have not hitherto. 

* come into the Demand he made in the King's Name, of One Thoufand Men ; 
' but have confined the Number in your Bill to Five Hundred Men only. His 

* Lordfhip wis fo full and particular in this Article, in his Letter to me of the 
f 26th of February, and which I communicated to you in my Speech, at the 

* Opening of this Sellion; wherein I faid what I thought neceffary at that Time, 

* to induce you to comply with his Lordfhip's Demand for the King's Service, 
' and for your own Safety, and I hoped not to have had Occafion to urge the 
« Matter again ; but as the French and Indians are conftantly difcovering them- 

* felves on the Frontiers of thefe Colonies, I muft again and again recommend 
' to you, the raifing of One Thoufand Men, at this critical Conjuncture, in order 
' to affift in theCommon Caufe, in making the moft vigorous Efforts againft the 
( Enemy ; for preventing- Ourfelves and our Neighbours being daily captivated,. 
< kill'd and fcalp'd, by a bloody and mercilefs Enemy. If it be well confidered, 
■■«' I think you will conclude, that it wilt be beft, on all Heads, to raife a good 

■ Number of Men at once, rather than to be doing it from Year to Year by 
' i'mall Numbers; and by doing the Bufinefs as I now fay, I really believe 

■ you would find it the beft Way for faving Money to the Province : And 
1 fince I am on this Head, I wou'd obierve to you, that the Charge would 

* hardly be more to the Province than what you Were at laft Year for Seven 
' Hundred and Fifty Men, the King having fince that made you a bountiful 
' Gift of Five Thoufand Pounds Sterling, and in his great Goodnefs hath taken 

• upon himfelf the Charge of fubfifting your Troops : Thefe Things confider'd, 

* you cannot reafonably plead the Inability of the Province for raifing the. 

• One Thoufand Men demanded. 

1 As you have hitherto flood in a good Light with the Right Honourable 

♦ the Lord Loudoun, the King's General and Commander in Chief of all his- 
< Forces in North America ; and as he has io great a Share of his Majefty's 
' Efteem and Favour, I hope .you will avoid giving him any Caufe of Conx- 
c plaint againft you, as it might prevent your Succefs in any Affairs you may he 
' inclined to follicit at the Court of Great Britain. 

' As my Lord Loudoun's Letters are fo full and particular, and couch'd in 
c fuch reafonable and cogent Terms ; I think I need fay no more, than to defiFe 
1 you to confider, in fuch wife and fedate Manner, as may produce Refolutions 
1 of your doing, in Anfwer to them, what may finally beft of all contribute 10 

* the King's Honour and Intereft, and to the future Welfare and Profpenty ot 

* the Province of New-Jerfey. > 

Rlizabcth-Toiun, Council Chamber, R/-» I C M P T* 

M^ 28, 17$/.' J. 1*.U,UC1. 

His 



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His Excellency, by his Clerk, laid before the Houfe, the Letters referred ts 
in the above Meffage ; which were alio read. 

A Motion was made, that the Houfe, in Anfwer to the Governor's Meffage, 
reprefent the diftreffed State of the Province to Lord Loundoun. And the 
Queftion being put, whether it be done immediately to him, or only by Way 
of Meffage to his Excellency, to be laid before his Lordfhip ? it was carried 
as follows ; 

By Meffage only to his Exce'lency. Immediately to Lord Loudcur. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Read, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. JohnHon. Mr. Smith, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. PaxfoH, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Spur. 

Mr. Ogdtn, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Fijher, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Middagb. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Learning and Mr. Hoogland do wait on his Excellency, and 
inform him, in Anfwer to his Meffage of this Day, that this Houfe would 
have chearfully complied with the Demand of the Earl of Loudoun, if the 
Circumftances of this Colony would have admitted of it ; That we efteem 
ourfelves misfortunate, that our Addrefs to his Excellency was not delivered 
before his Letters to the Commander in Chief of his Majefty's Forces were 
difpatched ; as we flatter ourfelves, that the Reafons therein given, as they are 
exactly confonant with Truth, would have been fatisfactory to his Lordfhip ; 
and affure his Excellency, that it is not in our Power to exert ourfelves further 
without immerging the Colony in a Debt which might be greatly diftreffing to 
ourfelves and Pofterity ; That we have Reafon to fuppofe, that the Strength 
and Riches of this Colony have been greatly mifreprefented to his Lordfhip, 
to which his Paffage through the beft cultivated and thickeft fettled Parts 
thereof, may induce him to give credit ; and for thefe Reafons, to requeft his 
Excellency, candidly to lay before his Lordfhip the true State of this Colony 
with refpect to its Neighbours ; which we hope will continue us in the favour- 
able Light we are really defirous of appearing in to his Lordfhip. 

That the Expence we were laft Year at for the Defence of our own 
Frontiers, exceeded the Charge of our Regiment, and is a heavy Debt on our 
Eftates ; while his Majefty's Regular Forces conduced greatly to the Security 
of our Northern Neighbours ; and we are not yet out of Danger of having a 
further Occafion of a Defence of our upper Settlements. 

That as any additional Number of Forces cannot in the prefent Pofture of 
Affairs be fupplied by us, we mould be glad his Excellency would give his 
Affent to the Bill, which is not now liable to the Objections pointed out in 
laid Meffage ; and that the Officers fhould be immediately appointed, that our 
Troops may join the Corps with whom they are to act affoon as poffible. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 
Tuefday, March 29, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Learning reported, that Mr. Hoogland and himfelf delivered the Meffage 
of the Houfe with them entrufted, to his Excellency ; who was pleafed to fay, 
the Houfe ftiou'd hear from him as foon as he had prepared an Anfwer, 

F A 



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A written Meffage from his Excellency by his Clerk, in the Words following ; 

' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

1 TN Anfwer to your Meffage of Yefterday, I fee you have removed one of 
« ■■■ the Objections I made to the Bill for raifing Five Hundred Men : I now 

< think proper to inform you, that Lord Loudoun writes me he intends to be 

< here this Day ; and if you have any Thing to lay before his Lordfhip, you 
t will now have a good Opportunity. 

* I was fo full in my Meffage to the Houfe Yefterday, that to add any Thing 
' more on thofe Heads wou'd be a needlefs Repetition ; but I think a particular 
c State of the Affairs of the Province can be beft done by yourfelves, and to 
' be addrefs'd to Lord Loudoun directly. 

Elizabeth-Town, Council Chamber, T? „ 1 ^, |_ „ 

March*), 1757. J* iJCiCllLr. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the above Meffage ; a Motion was 
made, and the Queftion put, Whether the diftreffed State of the Province be 
reprefented to Lord Loudoun, or to his Excellency to be laid before his 
Lordfhip ? it pafs'd as follows : 

To his Excellency, To his Excellency. To his Lordfhip. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Pax/on, ' Mr. Holmet, 

Mr. John/ton, Mr. Latin', Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Clement, Mr. Spicer. 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. Ft/her, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. Hocgland, Mr. Middagh. 
Mr. Read, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Stevens do wait on his Excellency, and inform 
him, in Anfwer to his Meffage of this Day, that the Houfe defire he will pleafe 
to lay a Copy of our Meffage of Yefterday, before Lord Loudoun, together with 
a Copy of our Addrefs, both which we herewith fend ; which contain the 
Reafons of our Inability to comply with his Lordfhip's Demand, in as full a 
Manner as the fhort Notice of his Lordfhip's Arrival, will at this Time allow. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, he would comply with the 
Requeft of the Houfe. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance of 
the Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, where the Right 
Honourable the Earl of Loudoitn being prefent, defired to know the Reafons 
why the Houfe had not complyed with his Demand of iooo Men; and 
recommended to the Houfe, that they fhould re-affume the Confideration 
thereof, and comply with his Requeft ; and that if the Houfe thought proper 
to give him any Anfwer, he fhould be at Elizabeth-Town Point, till Twelve 
o'Clock at Night, ready to receive it. It 



( " ) 

a/p^IV" ?"jfT '"$' f d ! he Houfe not hi " ; °gTim e to deliberate oa 
^"o^'I "" SpMker £ ° &nd WS L °' d<hi r better, to Z 

' May it plea fe your Lordship, 

THE Houfe efteeming it their Duty to take into their moll ferious 
Consideration, the Matters you was pleafed to recommend to them 
have directed me to inform your Lord (hip, that as they are of great eft 
Moment to this Colony think it neceffary to treat of them with thatEe- 
rat.on the Importance of them require \ which will neceffarily take up a longer 
Time, than your Lordftup's Affairs will permit you to remain at the Poinf - 
Beg leave to poftpone their Anfwer for a Day or two, by which Time clrl 
' {hall be taken to tranfmit the Refolutions of the Houfe to you ; they flatter 
themfelves that whatever their Refolutions may be, that the Reafons which 
{hall attend them, will be fatisfcclory to your Lordfhip. 

/ am, with great EJleem, 
Your Lordship V 

Mojl Obedient, and mofl 

Humble Servant, 

Robert Lawrence, Speaker. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock. 

Wednefday, March 30, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

$sa? apt ^sssis i 

IrfM l ,1- nV' '"I' l , he Qjeftion Was P ut > whether the coo Men to be 
raifed by this Co ony, for his Majefty's Service in the enfuin- CamoaLn hi 
augmented or not ? it paft as fellows. «uuing campaign, be 

YEAS. TEAS. Njr <. 

Mr.J0b.JI0n, Mr. Refa. Mr »/ ' £•<**"* 

, Mr. AW/, Mr. LaA Mr'™'' Mr. Hancock, . 

Mr. O g den, Mr. TW Mr 5^/' V Mr. MZfcr, 

Mr. V„ lad . M M ,^ £*£* Mr. ggj. 

The Votes being equal, Mr. Speaker gave his Vote in the Negative 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

~ , , The Houfe met, 

Ordered, 

That Mr Spicer, Mr. Fifier, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Holmes and Mr kL J J 
be a Committee, to draw the Draught of a Memor all to LorTr W T W ' 
forth the Reafons, why we can't augment onT^ ^t^rcfcS"'^ ?S? 

The Houfe adjourned for one Hour. 
The Houfe met. 
The Ho fe adjourn'd 'till To- morrow Mornillg , ^ ^ 



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"Thar/day, March 3 1/ 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

klv.Spicer, from the Committee appointed for drawing a Draught of a 
Memorial to Lord Loudoun, &c. reported, that they had drawn the fame; 
which he delivered in at the Table. 

A Meflage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance of 
the Houfe with their Addrefs, in the Council Chamber, immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency, and delivered their Addrefs in the Words following. 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Efq; Captain General and Governor 
in Chief in and over his Majejlfs Province of New-Jerfey, and Territories 
thereon depending in America, Chancellor and Vice- Admiral in the fame, &c 

May it pleafe your Excellency ; 
117 E His Majejlfs dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentatives of the 
fr Colony oj New-Jerfey, in General Ajjembly convened, from Hearts deeply 
fenfible of the Necejfity of ajfifling the Common Caufe, at this Time, cannot help 
exprejjing the real Concern with which we found our/elves qfecled, by the large 
Number of Men mentioned in the Right Honourable the Earl oj Loudoun'* 
Letter; and this the rather, as from the Number hisLordfloip had ajked from 
the Governments to the Eajlward, we had concluded his Demands confiderate and 
proportionable, and from thence had Reajon to hope of being able to comply with 
any Propojal his Lordjlfip jliould make to us. 

As we are confcious oj every necejfary Prepoffeflion in Favour of a General of 
fo amiable a Character, and retain a very grateful Senfe of his kind Sentiments, 
repeatedly exprejs'd in regard to this Colony ; we are well afured his Lord/hip's 
Demand from us, at this Time, is in a great Meafure owing to his being a 
Stranger to our dijlrefsd Circumjlances in Jeveral Rejpecfs ; one of which is, the 
Scarcity of Money ; For notwith /landing the Sums imported to North-America, 
for the Army, and the Colony Emiffions, its well known, what jails to our Share 
principally centers at New- York and Philadelphia, where our Trade chiefly lies. 
Another Confideration equally important, is the large Numbers of Volunteers 
who have already been raijed in this Government, be/ides Servants and Appren- 
tices, among the Regulars, and many Volunteers in the Provincial Services, which, 
with the Lojs of our Forces and Stores at Ofwego, adds to our Difficulties. 
But what appears fill more particularly burthenfome to the Province, 
and objlrufling to the Service at this Time, is your Excellency's abfolutely refufing 
to emit any Paper Money to be longer Current than Jive Tears. 

The Aid we have now, and heretofore given the Common Caufe, has fo loaded 
the five Tears to come, with Taxes-, that it will be extreamly difficult to continue 
the Five Hundred Men, to be furnificd the enfuing Campaign, longer than this 
Summer, unlets we can get fome Relief in prolonging the Time for Jinking the 
Money, or by an Emiffion of Paper Bills of Credit, in the Manner propo/ed by the 
BUI now agreed to be fent Home for his Majejlfs Approbation (with which we 
Jhould be glad of your Excellency's Concurrence,) or by fome other Method at 
prefent unknown to us. 



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The prefent Profpeci of Indian Affairs in the neighbouring Government of 
Pennfilvania, cannot but afford a real Plea fur e to every Perfon acquainted with 
the late Outrages. We have never, Jince the Surrender of the Proprietary 
Governments, been much concerned with Indian Affairs, nor do we know that 
they have had any Re a Jon to complain of this Province -, never thelefs, that Nothing 
may be jujlly laid to our Charge, re/peeling either the Promifes given at the 
late Treaty, or fuch other AH s of Juflice or Kindnefs as may be due to, or 
neceffary for them ; we have, by the Bill paffed at this Sitting, taken fuch 
Meajures as appears to us the befi calculated to be of real Advantage to them, 
and we hope the Expedient willalfo prove ujeful to many of the other Inhabitants. 

It is now nigh three Tears fines the prefent Houfe of Affembly was chofen ; 
a Variety of unprecedented Troubles, has introduced a large and unprecedented 
Expence : The Part we have ailed, has been in Conjequence of the Sentiments 
and Applications of our Conjlituents : Whether they are willing to continue the 
Expence, will be befl known by a new Choice ; and it is but rea/onable, at a 
Time of fuch encreafing Danger, that their Sentiments jfmild be known in the 
mofl effectual Manner : A Triennial Election has been expected, and would be very 
acceptable to us ; and therefore we take this Occafion, to earneflly defire your 
Excellency would be pleafed to diffolve the prefent Houfe of General Affembly , at 
the Expiration of the J aid three Tears. 

March 23, 1757- By Order of the Houfe, 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. ' 

His Excellency then was pleafed to give his Affent to the following Bills," 
enacting the fame, viz. 

ift t An Aft for regulating Indian Affairs, and to prevent the Setti?ig of 
Deer-Traps within the Colony of New-Jeriey. 

2d, An Adl for compleating the Regiment in the Pay of the Colony of New- 
Jerfey, to Five Hundred effective Men, and making Provifion for the fame. 

■\d, An Adl for the Support of Government of his Mafefly's Colony of New- 
Jerfey, to commence the Twenty-firft Day of May, 1757, and to end the Twenty- 
firfl Day of May, 1758 ; and to difcharge the pnblick Debts, and the contingent 
Charges thereof ; and for fettling the Quotas in the refpettive Counties, and 
levying of a Provincial-Tax. 

And then his Excellency was pleafed to prorogue the General ArTembly, 
till two o'Clock in the Afternoon of the fame Day, then to meet at Elizabeth-' 
Town. 

DT Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint James Parker, of 
*^ Wood bridge, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speaker. 
G 



VOTES 



AND 



PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

General Aflembly 

O F T H E 

Province of N EW-JERSEY. 



At a SITTING of General Aflembly, held at Elizabeth-Town, 
March, the 31ft, 1757, On which Day they were prorogued to the 20th 
of April next. 




tVoodbridge, in New-Jerfey -, 
Printed by James Parker, by Order of the General Aflembly, X j S p 



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Votes of the General Ajfembly. 



: 



)fl U. vl. ^ V^ S\ " I 

ELIZABETH-TOWIN, \Matkb<p, 1757. Two P. Af. 



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PURSUANT to his Excellency's Prorogation of the General Affembly. : 
of this Morning, to this Tim£ ' the Houfe met. 

A written Mcffagc from his Excellency, by his Crcrt, tn the Words 
following, 

O 
' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly ; 
1 A-FTER the Speech I made to you at the- Opening -of this Seffioiwand 
« J\ m y Meffages confequent thereupon,, for yotfr raulngj £|ve CT I ? oi » and 
« Men in Anfwer to the King's Demand by his General the Right Honourable 
c the Earl of Loudoun, I find by the Bill paft, you have confined the Number 
* to Five Hundred Men. 

« I therefore, in Duty to the King, and from, a tender Regard to the good 

< People of the Province, defire you to reconfider this important AffaiA «*a| 

< to do therein eonfopmable k> hi« Majefty'siuft BxpeGt«ibo^fron*jgtih,-m at 
j Time of fuch inereafed Danger to this, and the Reft of the ■■KftgVCfoidiiies. 

Elizabeth -Town, Council Chamber, 1 ^clchCF. 

March 31, 1757- J ' 

■ 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer and Mr. Ogden do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint 
him that the Matters- recommended in his MelTage of this Afternoon, have pafj 
under the moft ferious Confideration, of a Houie as full as ufual on repeated 
preffin" Applications : That this Houfe conform themielves to the Opinion! 
already delivered to his Excellency, and beg aDiimifhon. - 

Mr Spicer reported, that Mr. Ogden and himfelf delivered the above Meffage 
to his Excellency, who waspleafed to fay, the Houfe ihould hear from him. j 



Upon a Motion made. 






• 



fdefed 

That Henry Paxfon Samuel Clement and William Hancock, Efqrs, be reprij j 
manded by the Speaker, in the Chair,, for abfenyn&?his Houfe without Leavdl 

A Motion was thert made, aixfthe Queftion .pat, whether John Wetherif 
and James Holmes, Efqrs, having left this Houfe, after being requefled by thfo 
Members to ftay, as without their Affiftance the publick Bufinefs would bp, 
retarded, they be expelled the Houfe, or not ? it palled in the Affirmative. 



TEAS. 


YEAS. 


Mr. Stevens', 


Mr. KW, 


Mr. Jobnfton, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Nevill, 


Mr. 2W, 


Mr. Ogdtn, 


Mr. Middagh: 


Mr. Vreland, 





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■ 

Mr. Fj^rr, 
Mr. Vangefon'i 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. S/xVfr. 

Refohed, 
That ^oyfo Wetherill and jte/»« Holmes, Efqrs. be expelled this Houife. J^iA/^j 

Ordered, ** & 

That Mr. Speaker ifTue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make 
out a Writ for the Election of a Reprefentative for the County of Middle 'fek, 
in the Room of the faid John Wetherill, Efq; and alfo a Writ for the Ele&iort 
of a Reprefentative for the County of Monmouth, in the Room of the faid 
James Holmes, Efq; 

The Houfe adjourn'd for Half an Hour. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meflage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance Of 
the Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; who was pleafed to prorogue the General AfTembly to the 
20th of April next, then to meet at Elizabeth-Town. 




"DT Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint James Parker, of 
*-* Woodbridge, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speakerl 







VOTE S 

tj AND 

PROCEEDING S 

O F T H E 

General Affembly 



O F T H E 



Province of NEW -J ERSEY. 



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At a 'SESSION, held at Elizabeth-Town, began March 24th, 
1757, and continut-d to the 3d Day of June following, and adjourned 
till the 4th Day of July following. 



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Woodbridge, in New- Jersey j 
Printed by James Parker, by Order of the General Atfembly, 1757. 



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Po/w »/ /^ Genera/ Affembly. 

ELIZ^BETH-TOlfN, Tuefday, ^ 2+> , 7J . 

Numbe/of MembeTs t 'o h ;S ™ n J-*" - ^ g af uffi cien t 
The Houfe adjourned till To-morrow Morning Nine „• Clock. 

Wednefday, May 25, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

That Mr. WetherM and Mr. HA KS do take .heir Seats in the Houfe. " ^ 

Ordered, 

and ready » receive any Thing he /hall plcafeChy bXe fhJm ' "* "^ 

M^'n^fflcv^hfwfW iff rri * abOT = 

Houfe immediately : P l ° fa ?> he Would receive the 

*ES££ &ei„ £ g ft rI, h ,rr„ C e h d air Mr an s d 2" *?*tt.«- , » ** 

reported that the Ct h I ret " rne d, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 

&£% apws&jr? a Copy ; ^r***- 

•S ^Saet^Ktllfa'* of \l to -~^ ™"y Things relating to 
' Right Honourable Mr i, . d Province, «. Two Letters from the 
■ and i nth . T Mr. Secretary P,«, dated Whitehall, February the -th 

' GoJZ'dC 3 L^ pl-LZ? 5th J" / h"" 'rem the Honorable 
' Petitions from A' r k k- PMad ''P h,a ' -#"' 28th , — And allb fundry 

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• which (hall be delivered ™, 'j, T'.S ' " 0W ,ncnt| oncd, and 

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'You will find by the Secretary of State's Letter, that it is his Majefty't 

* Pic ifure, that you raife a Number of Provincial Troops, at leaft equal to thofc 
' raifed before, and which would make a Thoufand Men, to join Lord Loudoun ; 
4 and that truly fenfible of bis Majefty's Paternal Care of this and the neighbour- 
c ing Provinces, you will exert yourfelves to the utmoft tor ftrengthening the 
4 offenfive Operations againft the French, as the Earl of Loudoun (ball judge 
< expedient, and that you would not clog the Enliftment of Men, or the railing 
' of Money for their Pay, &c. with facri Limitations as have been hitherto 

• found difficult and ineffectual. And I would urge you in the aioft earned 
1 Manner, to read with Deliberation, the Secretary of State's Letters, and to do 
" therein as may beft tend to his Majefty's Honour and Service, and to the Safety 

• and Peace of the Province. 

' lam in the next Place to obferve to you, that the Right Honourable the 
' Earl oij-ioudoun, General of the King's Forces in North- America, complains 

* of unufual Obftructions he has met with in this Province, in carrying on the 
4 King's Service j and that his Majefty expeCPi you make Pro vi lion for Carriages 
1 for the Troops, and Horfes for Expreffes, &c. 

* And fince you did not raife the One Thoufand Men Lord Loudoun demanded 
4 of you in the King's Name, he thinks it now too late to go about it, fo as to 
' have their Service this Campaign, and to fupply which Deficiency, he pro- 

• pofes, that a Part of the Militia of this Province may Hand ready to march 

• upon any Emergency, to the Aid and Affiftance of the Forces under the 
e Command of Major General Webb, at Albany, on his Requifuion. You will 
4 duly confider the Purport of my Lord Loudoun 's Letters, and act upon them 
c (o as beft. to anfwer his Majefty's juft Expectations from you. m 

4 And you will read with Attention Governor Denny's Letter refpecting the 

• Treaty he is now holding with the Indians in Pennjihania, and do in Con- 
c fequence thereof, as mall be moft eonfiftent with Juftice and Equity, and with 
< Peace and good Neighbourhood. 

4 And now I come to the melancholly Situation of the Frontiers of our own 
' Province, where, upon Complaint and certain Advice of the Indians killing 

* and fcalping feveral Perfons in this Province, I did, about three Weeks ago, 
4 with the Advice of his Majefty's Council, poft 120 Men, for the better Safety 

* and Protection of the Inhabitants under their prefent Danger and Diftrels j 
c and I hereby earneftly recommend them to your tender Care and Pity, always 

* remembring, if the People there, in their great jeopardy, are obliged to fly from 
' their Habitations, the better inhabited Town: cf the Province will, foon 
' become Frontiers. 

4 Gentlemen of the General Ajjcmhly ; 

1 As many of the Articles I have now recommended to you, will require 
e Supplies of Money, I mail not- doubt your doing your Part, in a juft and 

• tender Regard to the People committed to our Care ; you muft be fenfible, 
4 Gentlemen, that when ever the Militia is raifed for the Protection and Defence 

• of the Inhabitants of the Province, they muft be paid and fublifted as other 
1 Troops that are raifed for the fame Service. 

Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Ajjembly, 

c As this Province is become a Part of the Seat of War on the EngliJhCon- 
4 tinent of North-America, I hope we fhall at all Times coniidcr it with clofe 

4 Attention, 



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' Attention, and unitedly do our Duty, in advancing the King's Service and 
' Honour, with the Safety, Peace and Welfare of the Province. 

' This being a bufy Seafon, and the many Things I now lay before you, 
' being of great Importance, I (hall not doubt your giving them all nectffary 
' Difpatch, that fo you may the fooner return to your domeitick Affairs. 

Elizabetb-Tcwx, Council Chamber, T r\ \ i 

May 25, 1757. J. Dv^iCncr. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading. 

His Excellency by his Clerk, laid before the Houfe the feverai Letters, 
Petitions, &c. refc red to in his Speech ; which were refpedively read. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock. 

Thurfday, May 26, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and with the Letters 
and Petitions therein referred to, was committed to a Committee of the whole 
Houfe. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Sophia Bickers, Wife of Henry 
Bickers, a Lieutenant in the Npw-Jer/ey Regiment, taken Prifoner at the 
Reduction of Ofu-ego ; fetting forth her needy CircumfUnces by the Abfence 
of her faid Hufband, piaying Provifion may be made for her Affittance ; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Spicer laid before the Houfe, a Letter he lately received from the A^ent 
of this Colony, with a Copy of a Letter wrote by him to the Agent ; which 
were read. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe, for their Confi- 
deration, two Letters he lately received from his Excellency Sir Charles Hardy, 
Governor of New-Tori, relating to apprehending Seamen lately deferted from 
his Majefty's Service, £fr. which were read. 

Two Petitions were prefented to the Houfe, one from John Degrote, and 
the other from John Rickey ; fetting forth, That they obtain'd Warrants from 
his Excellency, for railing Companies of Volunteers in the Jerfey Regiment, 
ind in Confequence thereof, the faid Degrote raifed Eighty-three, and the laid 
Rickey Forty-five Men, and brought them to Elizabeth-Town, to be muftered, 
where mod of the faid Men were qualified according to Law, and detained 
everal Days upon the faid Petitioners Expences, and after that difcharged and 
ent Home ; the faid Regiment being compleated without them ; praying a 
Reimburfement may be made them for the Money advanced in railing the faid 
Men, and fupporting them as above, and alfo an Allowance for their Time, 
Trouble, GV. which were read, and order'd fecond Reidings. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from the Surveyors of the Highways 
of the County of Somerjet, and others, fetting forth, the great -Hardfbips that 

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the faid Surveyors labour under, in being obliged to attend the Service fo 
frequently, without any Reward or Fee ; praying Relief in the faid Premifes ; 
which was read, and ordered a Second Reading. 

Whereas by a former Refblve of this Houfe, not left than Twenty Members 
(hall be a fufficient Number to proceed on Bufincfs, when any Money is to be 
raifed or applied. Whereupon a Motion was made, and the Queftion put, 
whether the above Number be reduced to Eighteen, or not ? it pafs'd in the 
Affirmative. 

TEAS. TEAS. NATS.'' 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Vangefon, lAr.Wetbtrill, 

Mr. Jobnfton, Mr. Read, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. hadd, Mr. Paxfon, 

Mr. Ogdeti, Mr. Huncoet, Mr. Clemen/. 

Mr. Bradbtrrt), Mr. tUlJtr, Mr. tyfar. 

Mr. Tijher, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Middagk. 

Refohed, 
That Eighteen be a fufficient Number of Members, to proceed to the 
railing or applying Money as above. 

The Houfe adjoum'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 1 
Friday, May 27, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was presented to the Houfe, from a Number of the Inhabitants of 
the County of Sujfex, fetting forth, the great Danger the Frontier Parts of the 
faid County of Sujfex are expofed to, from the Indian Enemy ; praying a Guard 
may be ported there for their Protection j which was read, and ordered a 
fecond Reading. 

His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe, an Anfwer made 
by Lieutenant Nicholas Ward, to a Memorial prefented to the Houfe by Capt. 
Samuel Woodward, in December laft, fetting forth, that Capt. Woodward's 
Company in the Jerfey Regiment, in the firft Year's Campaign, always had their 
Allowance of Provifions j and that neither himfelf, or any Perlon for him, 
fold any Rum or Gammons at Ofwego, belonging to the King's or Provincial 
Stores ; that Capt. Woodward paid feveral of his Men Dollars at Eight Shil- 
lings Proclamation ; and that all the Difference or Contention between Capt. 
Woodward, and himfelf, was owing and took its Rife from the ill Treatment, 
Threats and abufive' Language ufed towards him, by faid Capt. Woodward, 
and otherwife denying the feveral Fails charged by the faid Capt. Woodward, 
againft the faid Ward j and alfo fundry Affidavits taken in Vindication of faid 
Ward's Character, touching the Premifes complained of ; which Anfwer and 
Affidavits were refpectively read in the Houfe. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on his 
Excellency's Speech, and Matters therein referred to : Afcer fome Time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee, reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrcis in the Matters 
to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjoum'd till two, P. M. 

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The Houfe met. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on his 
Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid : After fome lime fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, ami Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee, reported, that the Committee had gone through the Matters to them 
referred, and come to the following Refobtions > which by Order, he reported 
as follows. 

Rt/olved, 
That an humble Addrefs be presented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to hie 
Speech. To which the Houfe agreed, 

Refolved, 
That 120 effective Men, be immediately raifed, fubfifted and pofted on the 
Frontiers of this Colony, for the Defence and Protection of the Inhabitants 
there. To which the Houfe agreed. And, 

Mr. Hancock, from faid Committee, further reported, that the faid Com- 
mittee had had under their moil mature Confederation, the following Para- 
graph in his Excellency's Speech, viz. " Andfinceyou did notraife theOne 

* Thoufand Men Lord Loudoun demanded of you in the Kind's Name, he 
■ thinks it now too late to go about it, fo as to have their Service this Campa'ign, 
' and to fupply which Deficiency, he propofes, that a Part of the Militia of 

* this Province may (land ready to march upon any Emergency, to the Aid and 
c AfMance of the Forces under the Command of Major General Webb, at 
' Albany, on his Requifition." And that the Committee were of Opinion 
that it is not expedient to comply with the faidRequeft: And on theQueftion' 
whether the Houfe agrees thereto or rot ? it pafs'd in the Affirmative. 

Nw'is. Nsrs. 

Mr. Srcvm<. Mr. R (a J. 

Mr. Jvhtjloe, Mr. Lva't, 

Mr. Npvill, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. OW**, Mr. MSJJagb. 
Mr. BraSiny. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Spicer, Mr. Tard, Mr. Fifier, Mr. Holmes, and Mr. 
Hoogland, be a Committee, to prepare the Draught of an Addrefs to his 
Excellency. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens* Mr. WetheriU, Mr. Johnfion, Mr. Vangefen, and Mr. 
Ggden* be a Committee, to prepare and bring in a Bill for railing and fubfiftino- 
120 Men, for the Defence of the Frontiers, &c. 

Mr. Stevens from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in * 
Bill, entitled, An t\(X jor the raifmg and maintaining j 20 effettive Men, for 
the Defence of the Frontiers of the Colony of New-Jerfey ; which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Miller producing a News-Paper to the Houfe, wherein was an Adver- 
tifement, that made it appear, That the Petitioners for an Aft for making 
Bridges and Cauleys on a certain Road in Cumberland County, had complied 
with the Order of this Houfe, of the Nineteenth of- March hft paft, and no 
Objections being made* ; 

Therefore 



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Mr. H'tlherilU 


Mr. P«*6j,, 


Mr. holmes. 


Mr C.Umtnt, 


— Mr. Tijher, 


Mr Haneoci, 


~ Mr. Heogiantf, 


Mr. AMK 


-. Mr. Peiigtiun, 


Mr. Spacer. 



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Therefore it is ordered, that the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill, 
according to faid Order. 

Whereupon Mr. Miller, in Behalf of faid Petitioners, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Act to enable the Owners and Pofjefjors of a large Trail of Salt 
Marfi, fituate in the'Townfhip of Greenwich, in the County of Cumberland, 
&c. which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition was preferred to the Houfe from Abraham Vancampen and John 
Rofincrantz, Efqrs; of the County of Suffitx, fetting forth the Danger the Pri- 
foners, confined in the Goal of faid County, are expofed to from the Incurfions 
making by the Indians in them Parts, praying Relief in the faid Premifes ; 
which was read and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd 'till To-morrow Morning Eight o' Clock. 

Saturday, May 28, 1757, 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Jonathan Dudley, a Prifoner 
confin'd for Debt in Somerjet Goal, piaying Relief ; which was read and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for the raifing and maintaining 1 2 o effetlive Men, 
for the Defence of the Frontiers of the Colony of New-Jerfey, was read, the 
fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, 
on the aforementioned Bill : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, 
and defired Leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Bill, entitled, An A£t to enable the Owners and Poffefjors of a large 
Trail of Salt Marfh in the Town/hip of Greenwich, &c. was read the fecond 
Time, and committed to Mr. Nevill, Mr. Paxfon and Mr. Clement. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. . 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on 
the Bill, for raifing and maintaining 120 effective Men, for the Defence of the 
Frontiers : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, 
and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee 
had made fome further Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired 
Leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning 9 o'Clock. 
Monday, May 30, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 
AMcfTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, in the Words following ; 

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■ Gentlemen of the General AJfembly, 

4 '"T^HAT you may the better know the State of our Troops under the 
' _|_ Command of Col. Parker, and thofe railed for the Defence of the 

• Frontiers ; I herewith fend you two Letters, dated May nth and I7th, 

• from Col. Parker, and one of the 16th of May, from Capt. Gardiner. 

* In Col. Parker's Letter you will fee he writes for a new Supply of Arms, 

• &c. in which Article, your Commiflioner thinks the Ad lately pafs'd not 
c explicit enough. To this Matter I defire your Anfwer ; that I may write Col. 

• Parker accordingly, by a Perfon who is going out of Town this Afternoon. 

■ I am glad Captain Gardiner feems to be vigilant and difcreet, in porting 
« the Men under his Command, for the beft Safety of the Frontiers ; but you 
' will fee he thinks it abfolutely neceffary to have at leaft One Hundred and 

• Fifty Men, and which I hope you will make proper Provifion for, as we may 
c daily expeci Incurfions from the French and Indians. 

Ilizabetb-Toivn, Council Chamber, T Dp|«Up,. 

May 30, 1757. J' DtlLllCl 

The Letters referred to in the above Menage were alfo read. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petitions of John Degrote and John Ricky, for a Reimbufement of the 
Expence they were at in inlifting a Number of Voluntiers for the Colony's Service 
that happened not to be wanted, were read the fecond Time ; and it appearing 
to the Houfe, that the faid John Degrote inlifted 43 Men, and the faid Ricky 
26 Men, making 69 Men in the whole, not wanted for the faid Service. 

A Debate then arifing, the Queftion was put, whether an Allowance fhall 
be made for raifing the faid Volunteers, or not ? it paffed in the Affirmative. 

YEAS. TEAS. TEAS NATS.' 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Hcigland, Mr. Miller, Mr. Clement. 

Mr. Jthnfton, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Yard, Mr. Sfieer. 

Mr.JfevM, Mr. Read, Mr. Middagb. 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Paxfan, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Ladd, 

Mr. Ogien, Mr. Hancock, 
' Mr. Fifier, 

The Queftion was then put, what Sum fhall be allowed for each Man fo 
inlifted as above ? it pafs'd for Ten Shillings, as follows, 

For 10 Shillings. For IO Shillings. For 1J Shillings. per 1 5 Shillings. 

Mr. Johnfion, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Vangefon, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Clement, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Read, 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Huncock, Mr. Fifier, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Miller, Mr. Haogland, Mr. Middcgh. 

Mr. Fax/on, Mr.&picer. 

Refohed, 
That Ten Shillings be allowed for each Man inlifted as above. 

Ordered, 
That a Claufe be inferted for that Purpofe, in the Bill for raifing and 
maintaining 1 20 effective Men, &c. 

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The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
the Bill for raifing and maintaining 120 effective Men, &c. After fome Time 
fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, from faid 
Committee, reported, that the faid Committee had gone through the laid Bill # 
and made feveral Amendments thereto ; which Bill os amended beir.g read, 
was agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill, 
entitled, An Act to enable the Owners and Pofjefjors of a large Trail of Salt 
Marjli fituate in the Town/trip of Greenwich, &c. reported, that they had 
made feveral Amendments to the faid Bill • which Bill as amended being read^ 
was ag-eed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Middagb do wait on his Excellency < and, in Anfwer 
.to his Meffage of this Day, inform him, that by Law, his Excellency and 
Council, have Power to order a Delivery of fuch Arms as (hall be neceffary for 
the Troops of the Colony : And this Houfe defire he will direct: Col. Parker, 
to fend down, by a fafe Conveyance, fuch Arms as he lhall have to fparc, and 
may want Repair. 

That it gives the Houfe Pleafure to find by his Meffage, that" Capt. Gardiner 
has approved himfelf to his Excellency ; and his Vigilance will be always ac- 
ceptable to the good People of this Colony. 

That this Houfe have provided a Bill for the Support of One Hundred and 
Twenty Men on the Frontiers ; and if 'that Number be always compleat and 
effective, ported with Judgment, kept to ftrid: Duty, we hope, under the 
Favour of Providence, that our Settlers there w,ill be protected, fo that they 
may follow their ufual Employments in Peace. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock. 
Tuffday, May 31, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Middagb and himfelf, delivered the Meffage 
with them entrufted, to his Excellency. 

A Motion being made, that the Queftion be put, Wether the Law/o^ 
Setter regulating the Militia of this Colony, be well examined and confidered, 
and fuch Alterations and Amendments made thereto, as may render the fame 
the moft effectual, for the Defence of the Colony, in cafe of an Invafion from 
the Enemy, in thefe Times of imminent Danger ? 

The previous Vote was then demanded, and put, Whether the above Que- 
ftion be now put or not ? it pafs'd in the Affirmative. 

TEJS. TEAS. NJ7S. NAT*. 

Mr. Steven*. Mr. Vangehn, Mr. WetheriU, Mr. Mnltr, 

Mr. "Jobnfton, Mr. Read, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Spite*. 

Mr. A, a/7/, Mr. Ladd. Mr. Paxfon, 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Yard, Mr Clement, 

Mr. fijher, Mr. Middagh. Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. Hoogland, 

The above Queftion being then put, it pafs'd in the Affirmative. 

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Mr. Vangejon, 


Mr. Wethcrill, 


Mr. Miller, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. S//W. 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Pax/on, 




Nr Yard, 


Mr. Clement, 




Mr. Middagh. 


Mr. Hancock, 





Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Jobnfttn, 
Mr. JVmwVZ, 

Mr. Ogdin, 
Mr- Ttjher, 
Mr. Hoogland, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Fifher, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Ogden, and M. Hoogland, 
be a Committee to bring in a fupplementary Bill, for amending and continuing 
the Law, yor better regulating the Militia of this Colony. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, ^« Act for the rai/ing and maintaining One 
Hundred and Twenty effective Men, for the Defence of the Frontiers »f the Co- 
lony of New - Jerfey, was read and compar'd j and on the Queftion, 
Rejolved, Nemine Contradicente, 
That the faid B.ll do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Jchnjlon, do carry the faid -Bill to the Council 
for Concurrence. 

The engroffud Bill, entitled, An Act to enable the Owners and Poff jfors of a 
large Trail of Salt Marjh, &c. was read and compar'd ; and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, , 

That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That M. Steve/.s and Mr. Johnflon, do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, in the Words follow- 
ing, viz. 

1 Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

' T Juft now received a Letter from Major General Webb, dated Albany, May 

* | 25, and another from Col. Parker, dated Schenectady, May 23. And 
e as the King's Forces are ordered to march to Fort Willi am- Henry, and pro- 
' bably may foon come to Action ; and that many Neceflaries are wanting for 

* the Neiv-Jerfey Regiment ; I defireyou to fend for your Commifiioner, that 
c all Things be immediately difpatcht to Col. Parker, according to the afore- 

* mentioned .Letters j and this Matter, you will fee, admits of no Delay.' 

Elizabeth-Tain, T-^pl ("" It PT" 

Council-Chamber, May Jl, 1757. J* IJCiUIICJ. . 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Wednefday, June i, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill, entitled, A Supplementary Ail to the AH, entitled, An Act for better / 'et- 
tling and regulating the Militia, &c. which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. Mr. 



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Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Johnjlon and himfelf, delivered the Bills with 
them cntrufled to the Council. 

A Petition from a Number of the Inhabitants of the County of Salem, liv- 
ing on the River Delaware ; preiented to the Houfe in May, 1756, and then 
referred, fetting forth, the defencelefs State of the Province, and Danger from 
the Enemy by Sea, praying a Guard may be ported along the faid River, to 
give Intimations of any Approaches of the Enemy ; was again read. 

The Bill, entitled, A Supplementary A£l to the AB, entitled, An Act for 
better fettling and regulating the Militia, &c. was read the fecond Time, and 
committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on the aforementioned Bill : After fome Time ipent therein, Mr. Speaker re- 
fumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Committee % had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral Amend- 
ments thereto ; which Bill, as amended, being read, was agreed to by the 
Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. . 

The Houfe adjourn 'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 
Thurfday, June 2, 1757. 
* The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, A Supplementary Adt, to the Alt, entitled. Ad 
AQ. J01 better \etthng and regulating the Militia, &c. was read and coropar'dj 
and on the Queition, Whether the faid Bill do pafs, or rot? it pafs'd in the 
Affirmative. 

YEAS. YEAS. NATS. 

Mr. Stevens, —Mr. Vangefon, Mr WetberiU, 

Mr. Jobnfien, Mr. Read, Mr Holme,, 

Mr. Ncrill, Mr. Laid, Mr. Paxfon. 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. tard, Mr, Clement, 

— Mr. Eijher, Mr. Middagh. Mr. Hancock, 

_ Mr. Uoogland, Ml" M.ilcr. 

Mr. Spiccr. 

Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ladd and Mr. John/Ion, do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 

Concurrence. 

Mr. John/Ion reported, that Mr. Ladd and himfelf, delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted to the Council. 

A Petition was - prefented to the Houfe from the Inhabitants of Trenton, fet- 
ting forth the Hardships they labour under, in being obliged to maintain and 
fupport Two-thirds of the Trenton Bridge, at their owa Expence, praying that 
the faid Bridge may be built of Stone; and that their Part of the txpence there- 
of, may be defrayed at a County Charge ; which was read, and ordered a 

fecond Reading. 

Mr, 



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Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed to draw the Draught of an Ad- 
drefs to his Excellency, reported, that they had drawn the fame ; which, by 
Leave, he read, and delivered in at the Table, where the fame being again 
read, and feveral Amendments thereunto made, was agreed to by the Houfe, 
and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petition from Trenton, about building Trenton Bridge, was read the 
fecond Time. 

Ordered, 
That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill, agreeable to the Prayer of 
their Petition, at the next Sitting for doing the publick Bufinefs : Provided 
that publick Notice thereof be given in the News-Papers of Philadelphia, at 
leaft three Weeks before the faid Sitting of Affembly, and no reafonable Ob- 
jections then appearing againft it. 

The engroffed Addrefsto his Excellency, was read and compar'd. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Fi/her and Mr. Hancock, do wait on his Excellency, and defire to 
know when he will be waited upon by the Houfe with their Addrefs. 

. Mr. Fijher reported, that Mr. Hancock and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhould hear from 
him this Afternoon, or To-morrow Morning. 

The Petition from the Surveyors of the High-ways, and other Inhabitants of 
the County of Somerset, for an Allowance to be made to the faid Surveyors for 
their Services ; was read the fecond Time, and referred to further Confide- 
ration. 

The Petition of Jonathan Dudley, a Prifoner for Debt, in Somerjet Goal j 
Was read the fecond Time, and referred to further Confideration. 

The Houfe adjourn'd for an Hour. 

The Houfe met. 
Mr. Tard had Leave to go home on urgent Bufinefs. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

■x ,. Friday, June -j, 17C7. 

The Houfe met; 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Kemble, acquainting the Houfe, that 
the Council have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An Aft for raifing and main- 
taining 120 effective Men, for the Defence of the Frontiers, &c. And, the Bill, 
'entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and Pojfeffors of a large TracJ of Salt 

D Marjh, 



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MarJJj, fituate in the Townjhip of Greenwich, in the County of Cumberland, 
catted Tindal'f Ifland Marfh, to make a Cau/ey and Bridges, &c. And alio, the 
Bill, entitled, A Supplementary AO. to the /iel, entitled, An Act for the better 
fettling and regulating the Militia, &c. All without any Amendment. 

Ordered, 
That James Parker, of Woodbridge, do print, and flitch up in OBavo, 195 
Copies of the Militia Law pafs'd thisSeffion, under the Direction and Infpedtion 
of Samuel Nevill, Efq; and fend the fame, as foon as conveniently may be 
to the feveral Members of the Houfe. 



For the Ufe of Middlefex, 




21, 


Salem, 16, 


Monmouth, 




18, 


Cape- May, 7, 


Ejjex, 




2 3> 


Hunterdon, 1 0, 


Somerfet, 




IS, 


Morris, 16, 


Bergen, 




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Cumberland, 10, 


Burlington 


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Suff ex, 10. 


Gloucejler, 


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To be diftributed in each County, as follows j to each Field-Officer 1 ; the 
Adjutant 1 j and to each Captain 1. 

Ordered, 
That the King's Printer of this Colony, do print the faid Law, and the other 
Laws pafs'd this Seffion, and diflribute them in the ufal Manner. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Johnfion, do wait on his Excellency, and in 
Anfwer to his Meffige of Tuefday laft, inform him, that all the Camp Equi- 
page neceffary for the Jerfey Regiment, is provided for, by the Law pafe'd laft 
Sitting ; and make no Doubt, but that, upon Application made by Col. Par- 
ker, to the Commiflioners appointed for that Purpofe, they will be readily 
fupplied. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Nevill do wait on the Council, and define to know 
if they have any Bufinefs before them ; if not, that they puipole to apply to his 
Excellency for a Difmiffion. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Nevill and himfelf, delivered the above McfTage 
to the Council, who fay they have no Bufinefs before them. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Johnfion reported, that Mr. Hancock and himfelf, delivered the MefTags 
with them entrufted to his Excellency. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance of 
the Houfe in the Council Chamber immediately. 

_ 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker .left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
©n his Excellency : And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, and delivered their 
Addrefs in the following Words. 



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To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Efq; Captain General and Governor 
in Chief in and over bis Majefly's Province of New-Jerfey, and Territories 
thereon depending in America, Chancellor and Vice-Admiral in the fame, &c. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Reprefentatives of the faid Province* 
in General AiTembly met. 

May it pleafe your Excellency j 

JI/E, His Majefly's dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentatives of the Co- 
*"' lony ^/"New-Jerfey, in General Affembly cenven'd ', beg Leave to obferve, 
that we have duly confidered the fever al Letters and petitions referred to in your 
Excellency's Speech. 

As to the Letters from the Secretary of State, we have already anticipated the 
Necefity of the firft of them, by granting the Supply therein mentioned, before it 
came to Hand ; and as to the latter of them, we acknowledge, with Gratitude, 
His Majefly's paternal Care, in ordering a naval Affijlance for our Protection, 
in Cafe the fame fiould be needed : And, as faithful Subjects, we have already 
exerted ourjelves to the Utmofi, forflrengthening the tffevjive Operations againji 
the French, even as fully as our Sovereign, by the Letter firft abovementioned, 
has requefted, without clogging the Inliflment of the Men, though their Number 
might have been more considerable, had not your Excellency infilled on rejlricti?ig 
the Time for finking the Money firuck on that, and the late fimilar Occafions, to 
Jo Jhort a Period, and in Cafe we bad otherwife fucceeded in our Application for 
a Paper Currency ; being truly concerned, that our Zeal for the common Caufe, 
.fhould be unhappily cramped through thofe Cbflructions ; which, we promife 
our/elves, will be removed ; obferving with Pleafure and Gratitude, His Ma- 
jefly's kind Affurancei, couched in His mofl Gracious Speech from the Throne, 
fignifying His paternal Regard for America j His Wiilingmfs to remove any 
Ground of Di fat isf action ; and recommending it to His faithful Commons, to lay 
the Burthens they might judge unavoidable, infuch a Maimer as would leafl difi- 
refs and exhaujl His People : Glorious Maxims indeed ! well worthy the Great 
King who has adopted them ; and highly expedient to be cbferved, amidfi the Ca- 
lamities and Confufion of War , and we fully depend they will take Place in our 
Relief, as extraordinary and uncommon Events have rendered an Alleviation to 
cur Burthen abfolutely necefjary. 

We are of Opinion, this Colony has furnifhed the Carriages and Stores 
requifite for the King's Service, when demanded, with as great ChearfulneJ's and 
Expedition as any Colony on the Continent ; and, at their own Expence, have 
tranfported the Baggage of two Regiments, receiving the Thanks of the princi- 
pal Officer for the fame ; and have been further honoured with his Lordflrip's 
kind Acknowledgement of their Civility and Heartinefs : And it gives us great 
Concern, to find his Lordjhip fhould now complain of any Obfiruition to the Ser- 
vice, which, we have Reafon to fuppofe, mufi be owing to Jome Mifreprefenta- 
tions that may have been made him, as we have not heard of any real Caufe of 
Complaint ; we hope that on Enquiry, it will appear without Foundation. 

This Houfe, truly fenfible of the impending Danger brought upon his Majefly's 

Northern Colonies, by the ill Succefs of the War, have thought it their indifpen- 

fabk Duty to provide, by every practicable Method, for the Security of this and 

the neighbouring Colonies, by putting the Militia upon a good and ferviceable 

Footing i and we have, bv a Bill now lent tip to ths Council, put it in the Pevier 



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of your Excellency and Council, to march a great Body of Militia to the Defence 
of our Neighbours, whenever they ftall be attacked; in full Confidence, that your 
Excellency and the Council, will uje this Power with a tender Regard to the 
People of this Colony ; and will be affured, from the Goverments who require our 
Affiflance, that the Articles they are to fupply, ftall be ready for the Accommo- 
dation of our Troops, when they enter juch Colony : Ana this Provifion will, 
•we hope, fully 0fwer the Purpofes dejigncd by the Demand of the Militia, on the 
Requifition of Major General Webb. 

Before his Lordftip's Letters came to Hand, we complied with His Majejlfs 
jufl Expectations, Jo far as the fame have been fgnified to us, and the Circum- 
flances of the Colony wou'd admit. 

On reading Governor Denny 's Letter, we obferve, that the Comtniffioners for 
Pennfylvanu on Indian Affairs, have heard, that Commiffioners on the Part of 
this ( olony, were to be prefent at the Treaty therein mentioned ; but on infpect- 
ing our own Journal, we find, that the Committee appointed for inquiring into 
Indian Affairs, were confined to this Colony only ; beyond the Limits whereof, 
we have never been concerned in any Indian Treaty. 

■ We have taken the Situation of our diflrefjed Frontiers into Confideration, and 
provided for the Defence thereof; but as the Supplies neceffary for this Occafwn, 
mufl derive from Bills of Credit to be ifjuei, we hope to be relieved in finking the 
fame by fome proper Expedient ; without endeavouring for which, wefljould not 
demon/Irate our tender Regard for the People. And we have provided for Pay- 
ment of the Militia pofted on the Frontiers, until relieved by the Forces directed 
to be raifed for that Purpofe. 

As North-America has become the Seat of War, we have not hitherto been in- 
attentive to the important Event ; and hope we pall, at all Times, dijeharge our 
Duty to our King and Country, in this extraordinary and dangerous Crifis. 

We have given the great eft Di /patch to the publick Bufinefs, and floould wil- 
lingly return to our dome/tick Affairs, in which we have greatly fuffered for a long 
Time pajl, through our jrequent Attendance on the publick Service ; and having 
now provided J or every Exigence in the bcfl Manner we can, fhould be glad of a 
Rccejs, as tho/e frequent Sittings are not only expenfive to the Publick, but alfo 
very prejudicial and fatiguing to ourfelves. And permit us to obferve, that 
fiouid the Small- Pox jpread in this Town, weJJjall depend on your Excellency not 
to call us hither until it be over, as a Number of us have never had that Injection. 

By Order of the Houfe, 

Jflembly-Chamhcr, 

-junezd, , 757 . ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 

His Excellency was then pleafed to give his Affent to the following Bills, 
enadting the fame, viz. 

sft, An AQ. for raifing and maintaining 120 effective Men, for the Defence 
of the Frontiers of the Colony of New- Jerfey. 



2d, An Aft to enable the Owners and PoJJffors of a large Tract of Salt Mar Pi, 
fituate in the Townfliip of Greenwich, in the County of Cumberland, called Tin- 
dal'j Ifland Marfli, to make a Caujey and Bridges, &c. 

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A MefTage from his Excellency by his Clerk, in the Words following ; 

* Gentlemen of the General AJfembly ; 

c y N Anfwer to your Addrefs of the 2d Inftant, I much doubt, whether the 
' J King's Minifters will allow of the Conftruiftion you make on the Secretary 

* of State's Letter of the 4th of February laft, that you were only to compleat 

* the Regiment lately under the Command of Col. Peter Schuyler, to 500 
c Men ; but that, according to the Demand of the Right Honourable the Eari 

* of Loudoun, General and Commander in Chief of all his Majefty's Forces in 

* North- America, you were to have made in all One Thoufand Men, to have 

* joined his Majefty's Forces, now, by Order of the faid Lord Loudoun, put 
' under the Command of Major General Webb. 

* As you feem to infift on your having hitherto furnifh'd Carriages and Hor- 

* fes requifite for the Service, I (hall not doubc of your making proper Provi- 
c fion for the future, for Carriages for the Troops, and Horfcs for Exprefle?, 
" agreeable to Lord Loudoun's Letter of the 3d of April, hid before you. 

* I have read over the Bill, called, The Supplementary AB,for better fettling 
' and regulating the Militia of this Colony ; and in which I find feveral good 
' Amendments of the former Militia Act, and hope you will ftill go on to 
' amend it as there fhall be Occafion. I have alfo read, with clofe Attention, 
« the Claufe in the faid Bill, in Anfwer to Lord Loudoun's Demand of the Aid 
c of the Militia of this Province, upon Notice from Major General Webb ; and 
c in Duty to the King, I now lay bctore you the following Paragraphs of Lord 
c Loudoun's Letter : " And as I hid fettled the Quota of Men to be raifed by 
ct you and the neighbouring Provinces for the Operations of the Year, before 
c< the Secretary of State's Letter arrived ; I have feme Doubt, if the Addition 
< c now required by that Letter, to put them on the Foot of laft Year with 
,l refpect to Numbers, can be raifed and marched to take the Field in due 
< ( Time, to enter upon Action ; therefore, both to comply with the Secretary 

• <{ of State's Orders, and the greater Security of the Country, it appears to me 
r * abfolutely neceffary, that the Militia of your Province lhould be properly 
<c armed and furnifhed with Ammunition, and have a ftanding Order to 
•' march to the Aid and Afliftance of the Forces under the Command of 
" Major-General Webb, at Albany, or the Commander of his Majefty's Forces 
<e in that Quarter, on his Requihtion ; and that this Order lhould be more 
'* particularly given and enforced in fuch Parts of your Province, as is moft 
,c nearly fituated to thole Forces, without waiting for any further Oidersfrora. 
,c you. 

" From your Zeal for the Publick Service, I have no Doubt of your 
" complying with this Recommendation ; and hope, if the neceffary Orders 
<c are given, and ftrictly obeyed by them, to reap the fame BeneSt from your 
,c Militia, that we did lately on the Enemy's Attempt on Fort William-Henry* 
<c from the Militia of the upper Part of this Country." 

' I am therefore furprized, that what you have done is fo far wide of what 
' the King's General has fo wifely propoled for the King's Intereft and Honour, 
' as well as for the Safety and Wellfare of this and the neighbouring Provinces; 
1 for that the Aid you have directed to is clogged with fo many Difficulties, 
' as that the King's Forts may be reduced, and his Forces defeated by an Over- 
1 match of the Enemy, before any Afliftance can be reafonably fent from 
1 hence : I would therefore have you reconfider the Claufe in the faid Bill, 

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e and conform it to the Paragraph of Lord Loudoun's Letter before mentioned, 
( and thereby prevent any fatal Confequence that may happen by Neglect of 
e oar Duty. 

c f take Notice of the Bill you have pafs'd for railing One Hundred and 

* Twenty Men, to be ported on the Frontiers in their Defence ; I fhould have 
c been gbd you had made up the Number to One Hundred and Fifty Men ; as ic 

* is a Seafon when we may expect the Enemy on the Frontiers to be numerous. 

* I take Notice of what you fay, " Tho' the Number of Men might have 
" been more considerable, had not your Excellency infilled on reftriefmg the 
*' Time for finking the Monies ftruck on fuch Occafion to fo ihort a Period." 
c In Anfwer to this I am to fay, that what I have done upon this He .d, has 

* been in ftrict Obedience to his Majefty's Royal Orders j in which, if you 
' find any Difficulty or Obftru&ion in your Proceedings, you well know 
' where you are to feek for Relief. 

' As to your frequent Attendance on the Publick Service ; I doafiureyou, I 
1 mall never call you to it, unlefs by the King's efpecial Command, or that it 

* fhall be judged neceffary for the Safety and Wellfare of the Province. 

' The afore-mentioned Supplementary Bill, I herewith return you.' 

El za&etb-Totini T T> p\ r l~ f 

Council-Chamber, June 3, 1757. J* UwlCIlVI . 

The Houfe taking into Confederation the above Meftage. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. 'Johvjion do wait on his Excellency, in Anfwer to 
his Meffage of this Afternoon, and acquaint him, That the Houfe are unani- 
moufly of Opinion, that the Secretary of State's Letter can by no Means bear 
the Interpretation his hxcellency puts upon it, and that they have done every 
Thing required thereby, and are extremely forry to have Things of this Nature 
fo frequently reiterated j the Words of faid Letter are, " That you prefs them 

* in the ftrongeft Manner, to raife with the utmoft Expedition, a Number of 

* Provincial Troops, at leaft equal to thofe raifed the la ft Year, for the Service 

* of the enfuing Campaign." It is evident that the Number of Men required, 
are only equal to thofe railed laft Year ; his Majefty's Mmifters certainly 
knew the Fate of our Regiment at Ojwego, and that they were raifed to fcrve 
only that Campaign ; nor will any Body fuppofe, that more than a complete 
Regiment, fuch as we had laft Year, could be, or was expedted. 

That although this Houfe efteem it their Duty, to pay due Deference to 
his Majefty's Commands ; yet they expect to enjoy the Freedom of judging 
from the Words, how far thofe Commands extend, without any Comment 
upon them, and of their own Abilities to execute them. 

It is with the utmoft Concern, that the Chearfulnefs of this Colony to furnifh 
Carriages for the Tranfporting two Regiments gratis, mould encourage his 
Excellency to prefs this Houfe, to run into an unneceffary Expence already 5 
provided for by the Act of Parliament j which meets with all due Obedience 
in this Colony. 

That it is with equal Concern, they find the Amendments to the Militia Bill 
do not give his Excellency Satisfaction : And beg Leave to affure him, that fo 
far from making that Bill more rigorous, it was with the 1 utmoft Concern 

that 



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that the Houfe found themfelves (from the Difficulty of the Times) under a 
Nccefiity of laying a Burthen upon the Inhahitants j which nothing but the 
moft impending Danger would have induced them to do ; and that Nothing 
more can be expe&ed from this Houfe on that Head, under the prefentCir- 
cumftances j nor can we think ourfelves diverted of a Right of judging 
of the Expediency and Poflibility of Complying with any Demands made upon 
the Colony. 

That the Houfe have given fuch Affiftance to the Frontiers, as they expeft 
will, by the Favour of Providence, fecure the Inhabitants, and without it they 
find it has not been in the Power of all the Troops at Albany, or elfewhere to 
prevent the Indians fome Times making fuccefsful Incurfions. 

That it is with the greateft UHeafinefs the Houfe perceives the utmofl 
Exertion of the Colony falls fhort of giving Satisfaction, and that they have of 
late fcarce ever been parted with, till they have received his Excellency's Dif- 
approbation of what has been done. 

That the Houfe beg his Affent to the Supplementary Bill, fo neceiTary for 
the Defence of this Colony, and upon which its Security in a great Meafure 
depends, and which we herewith return. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Johnjltn and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by his Clerk, requiring the Attendance of 
the Houfe in the Council Chamber, immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker. left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency ; who was pleafed to give his Affent to the following Bill, 
enadling the fame, viz. 

A Supplementary AcT: to the Att, entitled, An Aft for better fettling and 
regulating the Militia, &c.' 

And then did adjourn the General Affembly to the 4th Day of July next. ' 



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DT Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, 1 do appoint James Parker, of 
** Wood bridge, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speaker, 









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■ V O T E S 

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PROCEEDINGS 

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General Aflembly 



OF THE 



Province of NEW-JERSEV. 



At a SITTING, at Elizabeth-Town, met by Adjournments, 
Augufi 19, 1757, and continued to the 13th of September following, 
and then adjourned to the 23d of the fame Month. 




Woodbridge, in New Jersey j 
Printed by James Parker , by Order of the General Aflembly, 1757. 



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Votes of the General Affembly. 



ELIZABETH-TOWN, Friday, Augujl jo, 1757. 

PURSUANT to his Excellency's feveral Adjournments of the General 
Affembly to this Day, the Houfe met : 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and ulr. Pax/on do wait on his Excellency, and 
acquaint him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed upon Bufinefs 
are met, and ready to receive any Thing he fhall pleafe to lay before them. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Paxfon and himfelf had waited on his 
Excellency with the above Meffage ; who was pleafed to fay, that Circum- 
stances in Affairs having changed fince he firfl prepared his Speech, makes it 
neceffary to form it anew, whereby he (hall not be able to lay any Thing 
before the Houfe before To-morrow Morning. 



Mr. Paxfon informed the Houfe, that Barzillai Newbold, Efq; a Member 
of this Houfe for the County of Burlington, has lately deceafed. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Speaker do'iffuehis Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, W 
make out a Writ for the Electing a Reprefentative for the County of Burlington, 
in the Room of the faid Barzillai Newbold, Efqj deceafed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Saturday, Augujl 20, 1757, 

The Houfe met, 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by the Deputy Secretary, requiring the 
Attendance of the Houfe in the Council Chamber immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait 
on his Excellency :. And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
reported,, that the Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to 
make a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Affembly; of which Mr.Speafc'er 
faid he had, to prevent Miftakes, obtained a Copy ; which by Order of the 
Houfe was read, and is as follows. 

c Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly, 

1 "T T PON the Intelligence of a large Body of French Troops laying Siege 
* \\ to Fort William-Henry, and upon the preffing Inftances of the 
' Government of New-York, I thought it neceffary to order the Colonels of 
1 the feveral Regiments of Militia, to detach their Proportions of One 
■ Thoufand Men, agreable to an Ad of this Province paffed the lafl Seffions ; 
' and having appointed Officers to command them r I directed them to proceed 

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* to Albany, in the Province of New-Tork. While thefe Troops were 

* embarking, and on their Way, I received the further Intelligence of the 

* Reduction of Fort Wi lit am- Henry, and that Fort Edward, upon Hud/on's- 
c River, was inverted by the Enemy ; whereupon I call'd together bis Majefty's 
' Council, and laid before them the imminent Dangers to which this and the 
' neighbouring Provinces were expofed, by the Approach of a numerous and 
' fuccefsml Army ; and by their Advice, I ordered a further Detachment of 

* Three Thoufand Men, to be in Readinefs to move, in cafe the Progrefs of 

* the Enemy fhould make it neceffary : But I can now acquaint you, that the 
' French have contented themfelves for the prefent with deftroy'mg the 
' Works at Fort William-Henry, and are retired ; upon which the Troops 
' that were fent from hence are returned, and the Whole difbanded. 

1 As foon as I received Notice of the Approach of the Enemy, by Letters 
1 from Lieut. Governor DeLancey, dated at Albany, the ioth and nth Inft. 
1 which will be laid before you, I call'd you together, that I might have 
c your Advice and Affiftance in the Meafures fuch an Event would render 
« neceffary : And think it my Duty now to inform you, that upon this 

* Occafion the Militia Laws were found to be very infufficient to anfwer the 
' Purpofe of affording timely Affiftance to our Neighbours, or of defending 
' ourfelves in . cafe of Need : I therefore recommend thofe Laws to your 
f Confideration, that they may receive fuch Alterations, as may enable me to 
' ufe the Force of this Province for the Security of this Part of his Majefty's 
' Dominions, without having Recourfe to the Exercife of the Powers delegated 
f to me by his Majefty's Commillion under the Great Seal, a Copy of a 

* Clanfe in which will he laid before you. 

c Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

c The Expence that has attended the making thefe Detachments will be 

* laid befoi e you ; and I doubt not you will make Provision for the Payment 

* thereof, and fuch as may attend any further Meafures of the like kind. The 
' Secretary will lay before you a Letter I have received from Admiral Holburn, 
1 dated at Halifax the ioth paft, by which you will obferve, that the Enemy 
« were very ftrong in that Part of the World, and his Majefty's Fleet much 
' weakened by Sicknefs ; on which you will do what you think moft for the 
! King's Service, and for the Intereft of this Colony. 

' Gentlemen of the Council, and of the General Affembly, 

* This Situation of Affairs to the Eaftward, and the Reafon we have t» 
fear the Enemy will renew their Attempts to the Northward, are really 
alarming, and call on us for the greateft Unanimity and Dilpatch, in thofe 
Meafures that at this Time may be thought neceffary for advancing the 
common Caufe, and fecuring thofe Colonies from falling an eafy Prey into 
the Hands of our Enemies. 

Elizabttb-T<mvn, Council Chambtr, Rr»1r , 1"»^T* 

Augufi 20, 1757. J' lJU^llCI 

His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe, the Tevera! 
Letters, &c. referred to in his Speech ; which were refpeftively read. 
Ordered, 

That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading. 

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A Petition was preferred to the Houfe from fundry of the Inhabitants of 
the County of Monmouth, letting forth, that by his Excellency the Governor's 
Order, a Number of M. n has lately been detached from the Militia of faid 
County, to go to the Attiftance of New-York Province, whofe P^y allowed by 
Law were too inconfiderable for their Support in travelling ; and as Numbers 
Of the faid De r achment being poor, and not able to furnifh themfelves with 
Arms Diftreffes of Arms were made from the other Inhabitants fo<- their 
Supply, and that faid Coi.rry thereby is left in a defencelefs Condition, bei ng 
a Frontier on the Sea ; praying, that Five Hundred Mufkets, Swords or 
Bayonets, &c. and a fufficitnt Quantity of Ammunition, may be provided for 
faid County ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Pleading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

His Expediency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and with the Letters 
and Papers therein referred to, and the Petition from the County of Monmouth 
for a S.jpply of Arms, &c. was committed to a Committee of the whole- Houfr, 

The Houfe accordingly refolv^d itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on his Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid : After fome Time fpent 
therein, M . Speaker relumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the 
Committee, reported, that the Committee had made iome Progrefs in the 
Matters to th;m referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning 9 o'Clock. 

Monday, Augujl 22, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

Two Petitions were prefented to the Houfe, one from the Prifoners for 
Debt in Hunterdon County Goal> and the other iiom John IJlee, a Pi lfon.r 
for Debt in the Goal of the Borough of Elizabeth, fecting forth their diftreffing 
Circumttances by long and tedious Confinements, for Debts which they are 
utterly unable to pay; praying an Ad for their Relief; wh.ch were read, 
and ordered fecond Readings. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from the Truftees of New-Jerfey 
College, fetting forth, that fome of the Military Officers of this Piovince 
fuppole, that by a late Act, the Students of the faid College are obliged to 
peifbrm military Exercife, which they conceive not to have been the Defign 
of the laid Law ; praying a Claufe in fome future Law to exempt the Id id 
Students from milicary Duty ; which was read, and ordered a lecond Reading. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on 
his Excellency's Speech, and Matters to them referred 3 After fome Time 
fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chai mm 
of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome farther 
Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

Whereas feveral of the fcattered Remains of the Jerfey Regiment, fince the 
Lofs of Fort William-Henry , has come into this Colony, in a necelfitf us 
Condition as to Cloathing, occafioned by being ftripp'd by the Indian Enemy, 
and others likely foon to f eturn in the fame Condition. 

B Rfohed, 



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Refolved, 

That Clodthing Articles be furnifhed by this Colony, with the utmoft 
Expedition, for thole of the Jerjey Regiment remaining, not exceeding in 
the Amount to more than borty Shillings for each Soldier. 
Ordered, 

That M . Read and Mr. Qgden do wait on his Excellency, and inform him, 
that Col. Parker, with the Remains of the Jerfey Regiment, is now returned 
into this Colony, under Parol of Honour not to bear Arms againtl the French 
King for a certain Time ; which renders the Continuance of the faid 
Regiment ufelefs ; and as their Pay fubfifts until difcharged, defire his 
Excellency to difmifs the faid Forces. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Ogden and himfelf delivered the above 
Meffage to his Excellency, who was pleafr^d to fay, he would immediately 
give Orders to Col. Parker to difmifs the Forces who are under Reftraint 
by Capitulation. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o' Clock. 

tue/Say, Auguft 23, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on 
his Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforeuid : After fome Time fpenfc 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. H.incock, Chairman of the 
Committee, reported, that the Committee hid mide fome. further P-ogrefs in 
the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit agiin. To which 
the Houfe agreed. 



A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, in the Words followin 



' Gentlemen of the General Ajjembly j 

"""HE Secretary will lay before you a Letter I received laft Night from 
e General Webb, dated at Fort Edward, the i2thD-iy of this Inftant, 

1 notifying tome, that the Jt'rjty Regiment were become Prifoners of War, 
f and under Articles not to lei ve for the Space of Eighteen Months ; and 
* defning the Province might furnifh the original Number the Regiment firfi: 
' confifted of, for the future Service of this Campaign. 

* The Reafons we have to expect the French will, renew their Attacks 
' upon the Northern Frontiers, are fuffkient to induce us to take every Meafure 
' in our Power, to prepare our felves for our own Defence : I do therefore 
'heartily tecommend this Matter to your Confideration. 

■ ^' 23 - ,7 >" 7 - J. Belcher. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on 
his Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid : After fome Time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the 
Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome further Progrefs in 
the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To which the 
Houle agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Wednefday, 



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Wednefday, Augufi 24, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

A Petition was preferred to the Houfe from 'Jacobus Jobn/lon, fetting forth, 
that he expended £. 5 - 1 - 5, in fubtifting a Number ot Men ordered on the 
Frontiers laft Winter; praying, a Reimbursement ; which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe again refolved Welf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
on his Excellency's Speech, and Matters afbreiaid : After fome Time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman ot the 
Committee, reported, that the Committee had gone through the Matters to 
them referred, and come to fundry Refolutions.j which by Order he reported 
as follows. 

Refo'ved, 

That a humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his 
Speech. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Re/ohed, 

That a B.U bt brought in for the further Regulation of the Militia of 
the Colony of Nen-Jerjey. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refoived, 

That Two Thoufand Stands of Arms, with a Qjantiry of Ammunition, 
be immediately fent for to England, and purchafed for the Ufe of this Colony, 
to be depofi cd in the feveral Counties thereof, to be ready for S^ivice 
againft the Enemy, on any Emergency. And on the Queftion, whether the 
Houfe agrees thereto, or not ? it pals'd in the Affirmative. 



TEAS. 


TEAS. 


N A . 


TH. 


Mr. Stevens; 


Mr. Ha/gland, 


Mr Clement, 


Mr. L anting. 


Mr. Jo':-:; on, 


Mr. Vnland, 


Mr. V 


W.o voted for 


Mr. tiewill. 


Mr. ' 


Mr. SfUer. 


15 00 Arms. 


Mr. Wetbtrill, 


Mr. P ':', 






Mr Holmes, 


Mr. Hancock, 






Mr Ogdtn, 


kri 






Mr Fifier, 


Mr. Middagh. 







And Mr. Hancock from faid Committee further reported, that the Com- 
mittee had had under their Coniideration, the defenceless State of this Colony, 
in this Time of encre..fing Danger from the publick Enemy, by the great 
Deficiency of Arms lately difcovered among the Militia, and the great Debt 
in v/hich this Colony is involved on Account of the War, think it expedient 
to apply to his ftyfajefty for a Supply of Arms, for the Defence of the Colony 
againft the common Enemy. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer, Mr. Fifier, Mr. Ladd, M\ Hoogland and Mr. Ho'mes, be 
a Committee to piepare tne Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 
Ordered 
That Mr. AW//, Mr. Read, Nlr.Wetherill, Mr. Learning and Mr, W, 
be a Commi tee to bring in a Bill, for further Regulating the Militia of the 
Colony ot Neiv-J r/ey ; and alfo for Supplying the Colony with Arms, 6-r. 
and making P ovifion for paying for the famel 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Ogden and Mr. Iloogland do wait on the Council, and defire 
them to appoint a Committee, to join a Committee of this Houf-, to draw 
an Application to his Majefty, for a Supply of Arms for the Ufe of this 
Colony, and to lay the Diltreffes and defencelefs State of the Colony before 

his 



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his IvLijefly ; and that they will be pleafed to appoint the Time and Place of 

meeting of faid Committees. And that Mr. Nevill, Mr. Read, Mr. Stevens, 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Learning, Mr. Fifher, and Mr. Yard, are appointed a 
Committee of this Houfe for that Purpole. 

The Petition from the Truftees of the New-Jerfey College, for the Students 
of faid College to be exempted from military Exercife, was read the fecond 
Time, and ordered to lie on the Table. 

Mr. Ogden reported, that Mr. Hoogland and himfelf delivered the Meffage 
with them entrufted, to the Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill acquainted the Houfe, that he was directed by the other Juftices 
of the Supreme Court of this Colony, to inform the Houfe, that the Calamities 
of the County, of Sutfex, occafioned by the late Tncurfions of the Enemy, is 
fucb, that no Security can be had in holding Courts of Oyer and Terminer 
and General Goal Delivery there ; and that the faid County has not any Goal 
fufficient for the holding any Prifoners ; and as one Benjamin Springer is now 
confin'd a P.ifoner in EJfex County Goal, on Suipicion of a Murder by him not 
long fince committed in the faid County of Sufjex, makes them adjudge it necef- 
fary :o pafs a Law of this Colony, for the Trial of capital Crimes committed in 
faid County of Su/Jex, in fome other of the Counties of th s Colony. 

The Houfe taking the above Matters into Confideration, a Debate arifing, 
the Q-ieftion was put, Whether a Bill be brought in for the Tryal of the laid 
Bnjamin Springer, in fome one of the Counties of this Colony, (ihe County 
of SuJJtx excepted) it puffed in the Affirmative. 

YEAS. TEAS. YEAS. NATS. 

Mr. Shvens, Mr. Fijher, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. WilKrill, 

Mr. Jcbnjion, Mr. Vrtland, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Hairnet, 

Mr. Nevili, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Clement, Mr. Hoogland, 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Read, Mr. Miller, Mr. 2W, 

Mr. Learning, Mr. MidJagb, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens, Mr. Fijher, and Mr. Miller, be a Commit'ee, to bring in 
a Bill for the Tryal of the faid Benjamin Springer, in the County of Morris. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Woodruff, in the Words following j 

1 Ordered, 
1 That Mr. Morris, Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Ajkfield, and Mr. Ogden, or any three 
4 of them, he a Committee to join a Committee of the Houle of Affembly, to 
' draw up an Application to bis Mujefty, reprelenting the Diftreffes, and de- 
1 fencelefs State of this Colony ; and humbly to implore his Royal Aid, in a 
' Supply of Arms and other Things neceffary for its Security : That the Com- 
c mictees meet at four a Clock this Afternoon, at the Houfe of Mrs. Chetwood, 
* and that Mr. #Wrw^acquaint the Houfe of Affembly thereof.' 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o'clock. 



?hurfday, Augujl 25, 1757. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 



The 



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The Houfe met. 

His Excellency's MefTage of Tuefday laft was read the fecond Time. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. RecJ and Mr. Ogden do wait on his Excellency, and in Anfwer to 
hisMeffage of Tuefday lift, inform him, that the News of the Surrender of 
Fort Willi am- Henry to the French King, with the Maffacre of our Regiment 
there, and the rapid Progrefs of the Enemy, is' very alarming, and become 
worthy the ferious Confideration of the britiflj Colonies in North-America^ 
and hope this Colony will always be found willing, as far as their Circumftances 
will admit, to furnilh their Proportion of Aiiiftance in the common Caufe ; 
but as the Seafon is fo far advanced, the furnilhing a Body of Troops for the 
Service of this preient Campaign would be rendered ufelefs, occalioned bv the 
Time the railing fuch Forces would neceffarily take. 

The Petition from the Piifoners for Debt in Trenton Goal, and the Petition 
from John Ilflee, a Prifoner for Debt in the Coal of the Borough of Elizabeth, 
were read the fecond Time. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Mathias Vanderipe, Head- 
Conftable of the City of New-Brunjwick, fetting forth, that he fpent a 
considerable Time and Expence in billeting Soldiers, and impreffing Waggons 
and Horfes for his Majeity's Service ; praying an Allowance for the fame j 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Hancock, Mr. Fifter and Mr. Tard, be a Committee to bring in 
a Bill, for continuing fundiy Acts which are nigh expiring, viz. An Act to 
prevent A£t ions of Fifteen Pounds and under, being brought into the Supreme 
Court, &c. An Act to eret~l and eftablifi Courts in the jeveral Counties, &c. 
An Ait for the better enabling of Creditors to recover their jufl Debts from 
Perfons who abfcond themjehes. 

Mr. Stevens from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill, entitled, An Act for the Trial of Benjamin Springer, now a Prijoner in 
the Goal of the County of Eifex, &c . which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Mr. Hancock from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in 
a Bill, entitled, An Act for continuing feveral Arts of the General Affembly of 
this Colony, which will expire at the End of this prefent Seffion by their own 
Limitation ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Miller and Mr. Ogden, be, a Committee to bring 
in a Bill for the reviving the former Act of this Colony, for the Relief of 
poor diftreffed Prifoners for Debt. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act /or the Trial of Benjamin Springer, was read the 
fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Nevill, Mr. Ogden and Mr. Hoogland. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for continuing feveral ASis of the General 
Affembly of this Colony, - which will expire, &c. was read the fecond Time, 
and agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

C Mr, 



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Mr. Nevill from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Adl jor the Trial of Benjamin Springer, reported the faid Bill without 
any Amendments ; which Bill being again read, was agreed to by the Houfe, 
and ordered to be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clpck. 

Friday, Augufi 26, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

The engrofs'd Bill, entitled, An Aft for the Trial of Benjamin Springer, 
&c. was read and compar'd ; and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do 
pals or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 

YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Vangejon, Mr. WitberM, 

Mr. Jobnflon, Mr- Pr.xfon, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Nfviil, Mr. Cument, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. OgiiHi Mr. Miter, Mr. Spicer, 

Mr.HooglakJ, hh. Learning, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. FreJanJ, Mr. Uiddagb. 

Refohed, 
That the laid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mn Stevens and Mr. Johnflon do carry the faid Bill to the Council, 
for Concurrence. 

The engrofs'd Bill, entitled, An A&for continuing feveral AiJs of the General 
Apmbly of this Colony, osc. was read and compar'd ; and on the Queftion, 
'Rejolved, Nemine Contradicente i 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Johnjlon do carry the faid Bill to the Council, 
for Concurrence. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Johnjlon and himfelf delivered the Bills 
with them entrufted, to the Council. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Ogden and Mr. Wetherill, 
be a Committee, to enquire into fuch Accounts of the Expences attending the 
Detachments made in the feveral Counties as may come to hand this Seffion, 
and make Report thereof to the Houfe. 

Mr. Ogden informed, that he had delivered the MefTage of this Houfe of 
Yefterday, to the Governor. * 

The Petition of John Vanderipe, Conftable of New-Brunfwick, for an 
Allowance for his Trouble in billeting Soldiers, &c. was read the fecond 
Time, and ordered to lie on the Table. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill, entitled, An Act for the further Regulation of the Militia, &c. which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill, entitled, An Acl for reviving an Aft, entitled, An Act jor the Relief of 
poor diftreffed Prifojiers for Debt ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. A 



C " ) 

A Petition was preferred to the Houfe from Samuel Horner, Robert Smith, 
Jofepb Yard, ]un. James Leonard and Thomas Norris, fetting forth, that for 
the Defence of this and the neighbouring Colonies, they have entered into an 
Agreement with a Number of the Inhabitants of Prince-Town, and Places 
adjacent, to form themfelves into a Company of Volunteers, and applied for 
Commiffions for that Purpofe ; praying, that in cafe they mould be called to 
adtual Service, they may be provided for in the fame manner as the Detachment 
from the Militia ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Saturday, Auguft 27, 1757, 
The Houfe met. 
Mr. Stevens being indifpofed in Body, had Leave to be abfent. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed to enquire into fuch Accounts 
of the Expences attending the Detachment made in the feveral Counties, as 
may come to hand this Seffion ; reported, that they had had under their Con- 
federation the faid Accounts, and are of Opinion, that it is expedient a Claufe 
be inferted in the prefent Bill betore the Houfe, entitled, An Adt/or the further 
regulating the Militia of this Colony, thereby empowering the feveral Members 
of this Houfe, to fettle the refpedtive Accounts of faid Detachment of the 
Counties to which they belong, with the Colonels of faid Counties, and draw 
on the Treaiury for the Payment of the fame. To which Report the Houfe 
agreed. 

Ordered, 

That a Claufe be inferted in the faid Bill for the Purpofe aforefaid. 

The Bill, entitled, An Adt for reviving an Act, entitled, An Act for the 
Relief of poor diftreffed Prifoners for Debt; was read the fecond Time, and 
agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. 

Mr. Yard had Leave to be abfent on an extraordinary Occafion. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Adt /or reviving an Act, entitled, An Act 
for the Relief of poor diftreffed Prifoners for Debt ; was read and compar'd j 
and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ogden and Mr. Vreland do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Monday, Auguft 29, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 
A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, in the Words following. 



Gentlemen of the Council and General Afembly ; 

HE Secretary will lay before you a Letter that came Yefterday to my 
Hands, from his Excellency the Earl of Loudoun, dated at Sea, the 
« 18th of this Inftant ; alfo one of the 25th, from Sir John St. Clair, Deputy 
■ Quarter-Mafter-General of his Majefty's Forces ; by which you will obferve, 

'that 



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k that his Lordfhip's Inftructions are to act offenfively to the Northward^ and 
' that he expects a large Detachment of our Militia to be in Readinefs to pro- 
c ceed upon his Arrival. 

« As his Lordfhip, out of Regard to the Safety of this Part of 'his Majefty's 
' Dominions, "has been pleafed to fufpend his Operations to thp Eaftward, and 
c to draw a great Part of his Forces this Way; it becomes us to afford him all 
' the Affiftance in our Power ; and I heartily recommend it to you, to enable 
c me, to comply with his Lordfhip's Requeft, without Delay.' 

Eli& ■■■■■■ Cauttril Chamber, T |3 /i 1 ,~ ]-, r 

v/.' 29, 1757. J' DLiLilLF 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o' Clock. 

Tuefday, Auguft 30, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

Mr. Bradberry, one of the Members of this Houfe for the County of Efex, 
having neglected giving his Attendance at this and former Seffions, contrary to 
the Duty he owes the Publick, tho' often defired by private Meffengers from 
the Houfe fo to do. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Speaker iffue his Warrant to the Serjeant at Arms, to bring faid 
Richard Bradberry, Efq; before the Houfe immediately, to anfwer his Neg- 
lect in Attendance on the publick Service. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevi/I, Mr. Read, Mr. Spicer, Mr. Holmes, and Mr. Ogden, be 
a Committee, to bring in a Bill (feparate from the Bill for regulating the Mi- 
litia of this Colony, now before the Houfe) for purchafing Arms and Ammu- 
nition, and making Provifion for paying for the fame ; and for making a Gra- 
tuity to the Remains of the Jerfey Regiment; and for paying the Charges of 
the Detachment lately made from the Militia, &c. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 
Tim Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Wednefday, Auguft 31, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for the further Regulation of the Militia, &c. 
was read the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of the whole 
Houfe. 

Andrew Robefon, Serjeant at Arms, attending, was called in, who informed 
the Houfe, that he had been with the Speaker's Warrant at the Houfe of 
Richard Bradberry, Efq; in order to bring him before the Houfe; and that 
he was informed he had come before to the Houfe, and did not fee him until 
his Return here, where he found him. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till two, P. M. . 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Bradberry appearing, and confeffing his Neglect, in not giving that due 
Attendance in the Houfe, as his Duty to the Publik required, and afked Pardon 
for his paft Offences. Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Bradberry be acquitted, upon his paying the ufual Fees to the 
Serjeant at Arms. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on the Bill, 
entitled, An Act for the further Regulation of the Militia, &c. After Come 
Time lpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chair- 
man of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs 
in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

Mr. Speaker communicated to the Houfe, a Letter which he received from 
feveral of the Gentlemen of his Majefty's Council ; wheh was read, and is in 
the Words following ; 

E!i~ab£th-Tov:ti,- Augitfi 31 , 1 75 7. 

' Mr. Speaker, 

' TJ/E the Members of his Majefty's Council, now in this Town, think it our 
' * v Duty, to acquaint you, and the Houfe of Afjembly, that his Excellency 
1 Jonathan Belcher, his Majejly 'slate Governor of 'this Province, departed 
1 this Life at Two of the Chck this Morning ; and as Mr. Reading, the Coun- 
* cillorfirft named in his Majejly s InflruClions to the deceas'd Governor, is not in 
c Town, we defire your Houfe will adjourn themf elves from Day, to Day till the 
' Prefident of the Council is fworn into the Adminiflration, and jhall fignify his 
' Pleafure to the Houfe' 

We are, Sir, 

Your very humble Servants, 

1 To Robert Lawrence, Efqn Rob t Hunter Morris. 

'Speaker of the Houfe of ( David Ogden. 

' Affembly of the Province f Samuel Woodruff. 
c of New-jerfey.- J 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow. 

^Thurfday, September i, 1757. 
The Houfe m£t, and adjourn'd till To-morrow. 

... **-'." Friday, September 2, *75J- 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow, 

Saturday, September 3, 1757. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till Monday next. 

Monday, 'September 5, 1757. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow. 

T'uefday, September 6, 1757. 

The Houfe "met. 

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A Meffage from the Gentlemen of his Majefly's Council, by Mr. Secretary; 
which being read, is in the Words following. 

' Gentlemen of the General Aff'embly, 

c T"~HE Secretary will lay before you a Letter from Sir "John St. Clair, 
' •*■ Deputy Quarter Matter General of his Majefty's Forces, to Mr. Morris, 
' dated at New-fbrk, the third Inltant, informing him, that the Earl of 
' Loudoun defired him to order fixteen Waggons, for tranfporting the Baggage 
' of the fecond Battalion of the Royal American Regiment through this 
' Colony to Pennfyhania ; which the Council have accordingly done. 

' Sir John alfo fignifies, that his Lordfhip will fend about 600 Men, 
' ailing with Scorbutick Complaints, to this Province, to be divided between 
' Elizabeth-Town, Newark and Amboy ; and that thofe Men will be in the 
' Province this Day : As the receiving fuch a Number of fick Men into the 
' Places above-mentioned, deftin'd by the Earl of Loudoun for their Reception, 
' will be attended with great Inconvenience to the Inhabitants of thofe Places ; 
' there being no Hofpitals or Barracks prepared for their Reception ; the 
' Council conceive it necefiary for you to take the fame into your Confideration, 
4 and make fpeedy Provifion for thofe Men, fo that too great a Burthen be not 
4 laid on thofe particular Parts of this Province. 

Robert H. Morris, 
Elizabeth-Town, Edward Antill, 

September 5th, ij$j, James Hude, 

• Andrew Johnston, 

Richard Saltar, 
Lewis M, Ashfield, 
. David Ogden, 
Samuel Woodruff. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration their Refolution of the 22d of Augufl 
laft, refpecting a- Gratuity propofed to be given to each Soldier belonging to the 
late Regiment of this Colony, not exceeding Forty Shillings ; and finding, that 
an Application was made on the fame Day to his late Excellency, for their im- 
mediate Difmifiion, who was pleafed to fay, he would give Orders to Col. 
Parker for that Purpofe, which induced the Houfe to think the faid Soldiers 
were difmifTed accordingly ; and therefore were of Opinion, that the faid 
Gratuity fhould be allowed them : But Mr. Thomas Eaton, the prefent Pay- 
master, having informed the Houfe, that the faid Soldiers infiff. on their 
Wages and Subfiflance down to this Time, alledging they have not been dif- 
mifTed, which is more than the Houfe expected ; and therefore are of Opinion, 
that the above Gratuity fhould not be allowed them, but that the faid Pay- 
mafter do pay 'em their Wages to this Day ; as alfo their Stoppages in Arrear 
retained for Imbezzlements, upon delivering to the faid Pay-mafter their Arms, 
and fuch warlike Stores as they may have in their Keeping, belonging to the 
Colony of New-Jerfey ; and making good all Imbezzlements, not happening 
through the unavoidable Cafualties of War : And alfo, that the Commiffioners 
do pay 'em their Subfiflance from the Time of Capitulation to this Day. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight 0' Clock. 

Wednefday, September 7, 1757. 

The Houfe met. • 

The 



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The Houfe taking into Confideration a Letter from the Gentlemen of his 
Majefty's Council to the Speaker of the Houfe, of the 31ft of Augnjl la ft, 
informing, that his Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Efq; Governor of this 
Colony, had that Morning deceafed, whereby the Government devolved on 
the Honourable John Reading, Efq; the Councillor firft named in his Majefty's 
Inltruclion to the faid late Governor Belcher, defiring the % Houfe to adjourn 
from Day to Day, until the Prefident was fworn into his Office, and mould 
fignify his Pleafure to the Houfe : Since which the Houfe have continued 
their Adjournments to this Day, without hearing from the faid Prefident, to 
the great Obftruction of the publick Bufincfs. 

» Ordered, 
That Mr. Learning and Mr. Ladd do wait on the Council, and defire 
to be informed, whether the Honourable John Reading, Efq; is yet fworn 
into the Adminifiration of the Government ; and if not, the Reafon of fuch 
a Delay. 

Mr. Learning reported, that Mr. Ladd and himfelf delivered the above 
MefTage to the Council. 

AMefTage from the Council by Mr. Secretary, in the Words following. 

* Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

* TMMEDIATELY on the Governor's Death, a proper Notification thereof 
' ■*■ was difpatched to John Reading, Efq; and a Requeft from his Majefty's 
' Council, that he would come to this Place, to take upon him the Admini- 
' ftration of the Government, agreeable to the Royal Commiflion and In- 
c ftruclions ; and informing him, that the other Branches of the Legislature 
c were here engaged in the publick Service : In Anfwer to which, he informed 
' them, that he declined taking the Adminiftration ; which occafioned a 
c fecorrd Exprefs ; who returned with an Anfwer, fhewing that he perfifted 
' in his former Reiolution. Thefe Letters the Secretary will lay before you.' 

. 

The Houfe adjoum'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 
Thurfdaji September 8. iJS7' 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Friday, September 9, 1757. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock, 

Saturday, September 10, 1757. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till Monday next, 

Monday, September 12, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

A MefTage from the Council by Mr. V/oodruff; which being read, is in the 

Words following j 

' Ordered, 



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c Ordered j 
1 That Mr. Woodruff do carry to the Houfe of Affembly, a Letter from his 
' Excellency the Earl of Loudoun, of the 7th Inftant, to his Majefty's Council, 
c and inform them, that this Houfe is ready to concur with the Houfe of 
■ AfTembly, in the neceffary Meafures for complying with his Lordfhip's rea- 
' fonable Requeft.' 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Tuefday, September 13, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

The Council's Meffage of Yefterday, (with his Excellency the Earl of Lou- 
doun's Letter therein referred to, containing a Demand on this Colony for 100 
Men, to be employed^ Rangers during the Winter Seafon) was read the fecond 
Time • and the Honffe taking the fame into Confideration ; a Debate arifing 
thereon, the Queftion was put, whether 100 Men, Officers included, be 
raifed, to be employed as Rangers, agreeable to his Lordfhip's Demand, or 
not ? it pafs'd in the Affirmative. 

IE AS. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Jobn/hfi, Mr. Vemgefon, Mr. Holmer, 

Mr. AW/7/, Mr. Read, Mr. Pax/on, 

Mr.Og.1o!, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Bradberry, Mr. Yard, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. fijher, Mr. Middagb. Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Vreland, Mr. Sficer. 

Refohed, 
That One Hundred Men, Officers included, be immediately raifed in this 
Colony, to be employed as Rangers during the Winter Seafon, as his Excel- 
lency the Earl of Loudoun fhall dired: ; and that faid Company of Rangers con- 
fi'l ofa Captain, two Lieutenants, four Serjeants, four Corporals, and Eighty 
Nine private Men : And that the Wages to be allowed to each Commiffioned 
and Non-ccmmiffioned Officer, and Soldier, be as follows, viz. The Captain 
Six Shillings per Day ; each Lieutenant Five Shillings per Day ; each Serjeant 
Four Shillings per Day, and each Corporal Three Shillings and Sixpence per 
Day, and each private Soldier Three Shillings per Day. And that each Officer 
and Soldier, be furnifhed at the Expence of this Colony, with a good Blanket, 
a Half-thick Under- Jacket, a Kerfey Jacket lapell'd, Buckfkin Breeches, two 
Check Shirts, two Pair of Shoes, and two Pair of Stockings, and a Leather 
Cap, and a Hatchet : And that the Captain (lull have Twenty Shillings, for 
each private Soldier he fhall inlifl in this Service, to be retained till the Firft 
of April next. 

Refohed, 
That an Application be made to the Earl of Loudoun, for Arms for faid 
Company. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. John/ion and Mr. Ogden, do carry the above Refolutions to the 
Council, and requeft their Concurrence thereto. 

Mr. Johnjlon reported, that Mr. Ogden and himfelf, delivered the above 
Refolves to the Council, who were pleafed to fay, they heartily concurred there- 
to, and fhould forward the fame to the Commander in Chief of this Colony, 
and defire him to carry the fame into Execution. Ordered, 



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Ordered, 

That Mr. Ogden do forward the Bill for iffuing £. 6o,oco, with the Petition 
annexed, to England by the next Packet ; and that the Treafurer. do pay the 
Poftage, if demanded ; and that the fame be provided for by Law. 

Mr. Secretary informed the Houfe, that by his Majefty's Royal Commiffion 
and Inftrudions to the late Governor Belcher, the Adminiftration of this 
Government, on his Death, devolved on the Honourable John Reading, 
Efq; who accordingly has taken the Oaths required by Law, and taken upon 
him the Execution of the Powers in the faid Commiffion and Inftrudlions 
contained ; and that it is his Honour's Pleafure, that the Speaker adjourn the 
Houfe for Ten Days, then to meet at Burlington. 

The Houfe accordingly adjourn'd to the 23u^Day of this Inftant 
September, then to meet at BURLINGTON. 








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Ordered, 
That his Honour's MefTage have a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Secretary alfo laid before the Houfe the Papers referred to in his 
Honour's MefTage ; which were read. 

Mr. Speaker communicated to the Houfe, a Letter he had received from the 
Honourable Robert H. Morris, dated September 24, 1757 5 which was read. 

Refolved, 
That the Houfe will not at this Sitting proceed to any newJBufinefs more 
than is recommended in his Honour's MefTage, (unlefs in Cafe of abfolute 
Neceffity) and that it is the Intention of this Houfe, that the publick Bufinefs 
now depending, be done at Burlington towards the Spring, when the Opera- 
tions for next Summer may be laid before the Houfe. 

The Prefident's MefTage was read the fecond Time, and committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
to confider of the laid MefTage : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the faid Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them 
referred, and defired Leave to fit again : To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
The Secretary produced a CommifTion, according to the Requefl of this 
Houfe, appointing Hugh Bartjhorne one of the Clerks of this Houfe ; which 
was read, and he was accordingly admitted. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe to proceed 
farther on his Honour's MefTage : Afier fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair, and Mr. Chairman reported, that the Committee had 
come to fundry Refokuions ; which he is ready to report, when the Houfe 
pleafes to receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Report be made immediately. 
Whereupon Mr. Hancock reported the Refolutions of the Committee as follows, 
Refolved, 

That the Prefident's Adminiftration be fupported at the Rate of Five 
Hundred Pounds per Annum^ till the prefent Support-Bill expires. 

On the Queflion, Whether the Houfe agrees thereto, or not ? it pafs'd in 

the Affirmative : 

YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stokes. Mr. Wetkeriil, 

Mr. Laid, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Hancock, Mr. Spicer. 

Wr. Yard, 
Mr. Middagb. 

Refolved, • 
That the Sum of Thirty Thoufand Pounds, in Bills of Credit, be forthwith 
ftruck, for fupporting One Hundred Rangers already ordered ; defraying the 
Expences of the late Detachment ; paying for the Two Thoufand Stand of 
Arms fent for, for the Ufe of the Province, and for fuch 9«her neceffary Ufes 
as his Majefty's Service may hereafter require ; and that Provifion be made to 
fink the faid Thirty Thoufai.i Pounds, at the Rate of Five Thoufand a Year, in 
the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, 1773. B On 



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YE AS. 


Mr. Jobnjlon, 
Mr. Ne-viJJL 
Mr. Ogden, 
Mr. Bradbcrry, 
Mr.Fi//ber, 


Mr. Vrelandi 
Mr. Vangtjon, 
Mr. Read, 
Mr. Smith, 
Mr. Poxjon, 



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On the Queftion, whether the Houfe agree thereto, or not ? it pafs'd in the 
Affirmative, as follows. 

1/SAS. TEAS. . TEAS. NATS. 

Mr. Jol'ttflon, Mr. Fijher, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Spicer, 

Mr. Neuitl, Mr. Fr eland, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. WttbtrilU Mr. Vangejm, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. ft&ntts, Mr. A'/W, Mr. Middagb. 

Mr. Braibtrrj, Mt.Paxhn, 
Mr.Ogden, Mr. Stoiei, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. S#«7£, Mr. Paxfon and Mr. Ogv&w, be a Committee to prepare 
and bring in a Bill, for the further fupporting the Government, during the 
Time that the Support Bill for this' prefent Year continues. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Read, Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Fifier, and Mr. Ladd, be 
a Committee, to prepare and bring in a Bill, for ftriking Thirty Thou/and 
Pounds ; and for the Purpofes mentioned in the faid Refolve. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wetherill, and Mr. Tar J, 
be a Committee, to draw and prepare an Anfwer to the Prefident's MefTage. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, Oclober 14, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Saturday, October 15, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed to prepare and bring in a Bill for 
ftriking Thirty Thoufand Pounds, and other Purpofes therein mentioned ; re^ 
ported, that they had prepared the fame, and are ready to deliver it when the 
Houfe will pleafe to receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be delivered in immediately, and read : Which was done 
accordingly, and ordered to have a fecond Reading, and committed to a Com- 
mittee of the whole Houfe. 

And the Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole 
Houfe, on the Bill for ftriking Thirty Thoufand Pounds in Bills of Credit : 
After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. 
Hancock, Chairman from faid Committee, reported, that they had made fome 
Progrefs on the faid Bill, and defired Leave to lit again. To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
,And refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to proceed on the 
Bill for ftriking Thirty Thoufand Pounds, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock reported, that the Commit- 
tee had gone through the faid Bill, and made fundry Amendments thereto j 
which he is ready to report, when the Houfe will pleafe to receive the fame. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That the Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon he reported the Bill, with the Amendments made thereto : To 
which the Houfe agreed. And on the Queftion, Whether the faid Bill be 
engrofs'd or not ? it pafs'd in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended, be engroffed. 

Mr. Ogden had Leave to go home on extraordinary Occafions. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Monday, October iy, IJS7- 
The Houfe met. 
Mr. Nevill had Leave to be abfent on extraordinary Occafions, 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 
Tuejday, October 18, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from the Inhabitants of Suffex County, was read, fetting forth, 
that the neighbouring Inhabitants of Pennfyhania are fled, whereby they are 
become a Frontier ; and without a fpeedy Remedy and Affiftance, they fliall 
alfo be obliged to run off, and the back Plantations will become vacant ; pray- 
ing the Hotile to take the great Conlequence into their ferious Confideration. 

A Letter was alfo read from Col. John Anderfon, directed to his Honour the 
Prefident, fetting forth Matter to the fame Purpofe. 

Ordered, 
The abovefaid Petition have a fecond Reading. 



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The engroffed Bill, entitled, An K& for making current Thirty Thoufand 
Pounds in Bills of Credit, for his Majefty's Service in the pre) en t War, was 
read and compared ; and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pafs, or 
not ? it was carried in the Affirmative, as follows. 

TEAS. TEAS. NATS. NATS. 

Mr. Jtthnflon, Mr. Read, Mr. H'etbtrill, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Smith, Mv.Spicer. 

Mr. Brodberry, Mr. Humock, Mr. Paxioti, 

Mr. Fi/htr, ' Mr. Yard, Mr. Stok'ct, 

Mr. Vreland, Mr. Middagb, Mr. Miller, 

Refohed, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Yard, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Spicer, from the Committee for that Purpofe, brought in a Draught of 
a Meffage to his Honour ; which was read, and feveral Amendments made 
thereto ; which were agreed to by the Houfe, and is as follows. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Tard, do wait on his Honour the President, and 
acquaint him, in Anfwer to his Meffage of the nth Inftant, et That we are 
forry his bodily Infirmities, and advanced Age, fhould have, in the leaft, ob- 
frructed his ready Acceptance of the Government ; and we hope his Inclination 
will prompt him to render the fame moft beneficial for the publick Good, in 
which it is our Duty at all Times to concur ; and more efpecially, at this cri- 
tical juncture of uncommon Danger and Diftrefs ; for averting and alleviating 
whereof, our Aid and befl Advice fhall not be wanting, confiftent with the -f 
Circumflancesof thofe we reprefent, and the Duty we owe them. 

That we efteem Governor Pownall's Journey to this Province, a fignal 
Proof of his Zeal for his Majefty's Intereil ; and had the Government here 
continued unfettled, it might have been of the greateft Service; and for his 
Readinefs herein, and other kind Affurances, we retain a grateful Senfe, beg- 
ging his Honour will pleafe to return him our unfeigned Thanks. 

That it is with Reluctance we are convened at this Time, when our domeftic 
Affairs fo prefiingly demand our immediate Attendance, having deeply fuffered 
therein for a Series of Time paft, thro' a frequent, and almofr. conftant, Atten- 
tion to the publick Service : And for their, as well as our own Relief, we rauft 
intreat his Honour, not to call us oftner than the prefling Exigencies of the 
Province do unavoidably require ; as frequent Sittings are not only inconvenient 
to us, but alfo very expenfive to the Publick, who ought to be relieved by all 
frugal Means : And, indeed, we did not expect to hive been fo fuddenly called, 
unlefs fome extraordinary Emergency had occurr'd to have rendered it absolutely 
neceffary : However, fince we are met, we have chearfully taken into Confi- 
deration, the Matters recommended in his Honour's faid Meffage ; and in 
Confequence thereof, have pafs'd a Bill, for iffuing Thirty Thoufand Pounds in 
Bills of Credit ; Part whereof is appropriated to the equipping One Hundred 
Rangers j to paying for a general Magazine of Arms and military Stores ; to 
defraying the Expence of the late Detachment, and to the further Continuance* 
of the Troops ported on our Frontiers : And the Surplufage then remaining, is 
iubject to fuch further Appropriations, as the Legiflature, in their Direction, 
fhall think expedient for his Majefty's Service: Which Bill, being of fuch general 
Utility, leaves us no room to doubt of his Honour's ready Concurrence : Ob- 
ferving with Pleafure and Gratitude, his early and prudent Application to the 
Earl of Loudoun, for a Company, to garrifon the Block-houfes; which if 
granted, and our Troops already there fhould be otherwife well employed in 
Scouting Parties, we have Reafon to hope (thro' Divine Aid) will be fufficient 
to guard the Frontiers. And permit us to oblerve, that fhould Ten Men to 
One be granted, and at the fame Time remain inactive Spectators of the Ene- 
my's Ravages, the Increafe of their Numbers would only add to the Expence, 
but not the Defence of the Province ; which demands our ferious Notice, and 
conftrains us to intreat his Honour, in cafe he mould hear any Complaint of the 
Behaviour of our Troops, and, on ftrict Enquiry, find the fame to be true, 
inftead of calling us to add to the Number, he will pleafe to exhort the Offi- 
cers charged with the Command of thofe already on Foot, to a vigorous and 
effectual Difcharge of their Duty, under Penalty of being cafhiered with Dif- 
grace, for Neglect thereof; to the End the Province may receive that Protection 
from them, which (under God) they have a Right to expect. 

That 



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That we are forry, his Honour's prefent Indifpofition renders him unable to 
meet us here, and are not inclinable to be adjourned to Trenton ; firmly intend- 
ing to reaflume the conftitutional Right of fitting at Perth- Amboy and Burling- 
ton ; tho' for fome Time pad we have difpenfed therewith, thro' tender Com- 
panion to the advanced Age, and great Infirmity of our late Governor ; but 
his Death leaves us at Liberty, and our Duty to the Publick now enjoins us, 
to affert our Right in the ftrongeft Manner j left a continued Sufpenfion of an 
unalienable Privilege, ihould hereafter prompt future Governors to repeat the 
Precedent, of calling their Afiemblies to unconftitutional Places, to the great 
Prejudice of the Publick. Good ; and therefore, we rely on his Honour's juft 
Aflurance of meeting us at the ufual Places, when the Impediment he at 
preient labours under (hall be removed. 

And, that the late Agreement between the Branches of the Legifiature, may 
juftly furnifh his Honour with Reafon to hope for the Continuance thereof, not 
doubting his hearty Endeavours to render the fame lafting. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Wedmfday, October 19, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

On a Motion made ; 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners for Leave to flop out Raccoon-Creek in Gloucefter 
County, and the Petitioners againft ir, do attend this Houfe on the fecond 
Wednefday of the next Seffions at Burlington, for doing the publick Bufinefs, 
in order that their Allegations on both Sides may be fully heard ; and that 
fuch Notice be given in the publick Papers of Pennfyhaniu, (at leaft one 
Month before the faid Time) that any Perfon abroad, who may own Lands 
nigh the faid Creek, may have the Opportunity of being heard. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen of the City of Bur- 
lington, fetting forth, that there is a Probability of a Number of Soldiers 
being fent to the City of Burlington, in order to be quartered, and provided 
with the ufual Neceffaries during the enfuing Winter ; that the putting in 
Execution the Laws at prefent in Force would be attended with great In- 
conveniency, and are inefficient for the Purpofe ; wherefore they pray, that 
the fame may be taken into Confideration ; was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Yard and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Council ; and alfo reported, that they delivered the MefTage 
of this Houfe to his Honour the Prefident. 

A MefTage from his Honour the Prefident, by Mr. Secretary, was read, and 
is as follows. 

C ■ Gentlemen 



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' Gentlemen of the General A[fembl% 

' npHE Secretary will lay before you, a Letter from the Right Honourable 
1 * the Ea,rl of Loudoun, in Anlwer to a Requeft I had made to him : 
' You will perceive, by his Lordfhip's Letter, that he had made fiuitlefs 
' Enquiries, as to the Sicuation of our Frontiers, and Number of our Block- 
' houfes : I (lull immediately fend Anfwer to the Queries he has made. The 
' Secretary will alfo lay before you, a Letter from the Honourable James De _, 
' Lancey, Efq; Lieutenant Governor of New-Tork, giving fuch Information 
' as ought jufily to alarm us : I muft therefore recommend it to you, in the 
' moft ferious and tender Manner, to re-confider the diftreffed Stare of the 
' Frontiers, and the unhappy Situation of a People, who, befides the Labour 
c neceffary for the Support of their Families, are worn out with guarding; their 
' Habitations from the Cruelty and Violence of the S.ivige Enemy ; which I 
' apprehend has been occafioned by the Number of Forces ifationed there 
' being too few to guard fo extenfive a Frontier ; and 2s the Number and 
' Continuance of the Regular Forces, if we fhould be favoured with them, is 
' uncertain, I muft recommend it to you, to increale the Number of the 
• Frontier Guard. 



Oiiibir 59, 17,7. 



Ordered, 
That the laid Meffage have a fecond Reading. 



John Reading. 



Mr. Secretary laid before the Houfe the feveral Letters referred to in his 
Honour's Meffage j which were read. 

The Houfe adjourn 'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Thurfday, OSlober 20, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

The Meffage from the Prefident, together with the Petition from the 
Inhabitants of Sufex, and the feveral Letters referred to in his Honour's 
Meffage, were read the fecond Time. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens, Mr. Yard and Mr. Middagh, be a Committee to bring 
in a Bill for providing an additional Security to the Frontiers of this Colony. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed to bring a Bill, for the appro- 
priating a certain Sum of Money for the Support of the Commander in Chief 
of this Colony, and for other Purpofes therein mentioned, with Leave delivered 
one in for that Purpofe j which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Stevens, from the Committee appointed to bring in a Bill, for providing 
an additional Security to the Frontiers of this Colony, delivered one in accor- 
dingly ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading, 



The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 



The 



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The Petition of the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen of the City of Burlington, 
was read the fecond Time, and referred to further Confideration. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. W-rJruff, acquainting the Houfe, that 
the Council have paffed the Bill, for the Trial of Benjamin Springer, &c. And 
An A.G. for continuing feveral Alls of the General Affembly, &c. together with 
feveral Amendments made thereto j wnich were read in their Places, and 
agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bills as amended by the Council, be re-engroffed. 

Mr. Woodruff alfo brought from the Council, the Bill, entitled, An Act for 
reviving an A£i, for the Relief of poor diftreffed Prijhiers for Debt ; together 
with feveral Amendments made thereto by the Council ; which being read in 
their Places, were agreed to by the Houfe 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Learning do carry the faid Bill and Amendments 
to the Council, and acquaint them therewith. 

Mr. Learning reported, that Mr. Read and himfclf had performed the 
Order of the Houfe. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for providing an additional Security to the 
Frontiers of this Colony, was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. 
Fifher, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Bradbury. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for appropriating a certain Sum of Money for 
the Support of the Commander in Chief of this Colony, and for other Purpofes 
therem mentioned, was read the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee 
of the whole Houle. 

Mr. Fifljer, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Act for providing an additional Security to the Frontiers, reported, that 
they had gone through the faid Bill, and made fundry Amendments thereto; 
which he is ready to report, when the Houfe will pleafe to receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the Report be made immediately. 

Which was done accordingly, and read ; and fundry Amendments made 
thereto by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended, be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Friday, October 21, 1757. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bills, entitled, An A6t for the continuing feveral AcJs, &c. 
An Adt for reviving an Afl for the Relief of poor diftreffed Pri/oners for 
Debt, Sec. An Adt for the Trial of Benjamin Springer, &c. Together with 
the refpedtive Amendments made thereto by the Council, were read, and 
compared ; and on the Queftion ; 
Refohed, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. fohnflon do carry the faid Bills to the Council. 

The engrolled Bill, entitled, An Adl for providing an additional Security 
to the Frontiers, was read, and compared j and on the Queftion : 
Refohed, 
That the fame do pafs* 

Ordered, —' 

That Mr. Read and Mr. John/Ion, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, 
for Concurrence. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on the Bill 
jor the Support of the Commander in Chief, &c. After fome Time fpent therein, 
Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that they had gone through the fame, and made feveral Amend- 
ments thereto ; which he is ready to deliver, when the Houfe will pleafe to 
receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That he deliver it immediately. 

Which was accordingly done, and read ; and feveral Amendments made 
thereto by the Houfe ; and ordered to be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

li The Houfe met. 
On a Motion made : 



Refohed, *" - ~jfc* 

That Mr. Speaker, at the Time his Honour the Prefident paffes the Support 
Bill, do prefent him the following Addrefs. 

S I R, 

J AM ordered to inform you, that it is a confiderable Plea fare to this Houfe, 
f as well as mojl of the Inhabitants of this Colony, that the Government has 
in the Courfe of Providence, devolved upon a Gentleman, whofe great Age and 
Experience, Eftate and Refdence among us, and known good Dijpofitions, mufl 
naturally prepofjefs us in favour of your future Conduct, and render it a Matter of 
little Doubt with us, that Love and Ejleem will as naturally follow you in a 
publick Capacity, as it has done in many private Ones: And that there may be no 
Occafon hereafter adminiftred, to interrupt that Harmony with which we pleafe 
our/elves the publick Affairs will be done, during your Admini ft ration ; we mufl 
intreat your Honour, to remove to one of the ujual Places of doing the publick 
Bufinefs : Tour advanced Age and precarious State of Health, makes it ab/o- 
lutely neceffary : And when your Honour confiders the great Difadvantages under 
which the publick Bufinefs has lately been done ; the great Expence it has occa- 
fwned, and the many Hardfhips thoje concerned in the doing it, have been obliged 
to expofe them/elves to ; we doubt not, your Honour will be of Opinion with us, 
that fuch a Meafure will greatly facilitate his Majeflfs Service, and di (batch 
the publick Bufinefs, conformable to his Majeflfs Inflections and the eftabliped 
Con/} it ut ion of the Cslony, and be a great Eaje to all concerned. 

I am alfo ordered to acquaint your Honour, that the Houfe have refolved to 
pay for your Honour 's Houfe- Rent in the ufual Manner, while your Honour fall 

refide at Burlington or Amboy. 

Mr. 



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Mr. Read reported, that Mr. John/ton and himfelf had performed the 
Order of the Houfe. 

Mr. Secretary informed the Houfe, that the Prefident had ordered the 
Houfe to adjourn, to attend his pafiing the Bills at Trenton. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Act for appropriating a certain Sum of 
> Money for the Support of the Commander in Chief of this Colony, &c. was 
read the third Time. 

And on the Queftion, Whether the faid Bill do pafs, or not ? it was carried 
in the Affirmative. 



TEAS. 


TEAS. 


TEAS. 


N A rs. 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. Miller, 


Mr. Ifetberill, 


Mr. Jobnjlon, 


Mr. Smith, 


Mr. Yard, 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. BraJberry, 


Mr. Pax/en, 


Mr. Middagb. 


Mr. Learning, 


Mr. Fijher, 


Mr. Ladd, 




Mr. Spicer. 


Mr. Vangejon, 


Mr. Hancock, 







Refohed, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. John/ion, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, 
for Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Ten o'Clock To-morrow Morning, to meet at 
Trenton. 



T REN TO N, Saturday, Ottober 22, 1757. 
The Houfe met. 

A Petition was preferred to the Houfe, from the Inhabitants of the Town- 
fhip of Woodbridge, fetting forth, That about five Weeks ago, a Number of 
fick and ailing Soldiers were billeted on them, for which they underftood 
that they were to have Ftiie Shillings and fx pence per Man per Week ; that 
about a Fortnight after, they were inform 'd that they were to have but Four 
Shillings per Man per Week ; which they finding too fmall for them to be 
able to bear, they preferred a Petition to his Excellency the Earl of Loudoun, 
but without Succefs, and the faid Soldiers are ftill continued upon them ; 
and further complaining, that its not only contrary to Law, but arbitrary ; 
that in Ccnfideration of the Exigency of Affairs, they had complied ; but 
that they apprehend, that even Five Shillings and fix pe?ice is no adequate 
Allowance for the keeping Men in that Townfhip ; and praying for Relief in 
the Premifes. Which faid Petition W3S read, and ordered a fecond Reading 
next Sitting of the General Affembly at Burlington. 

A Meffage from the Council, in the following Words. 

'• Ordered, 
" That Mr. Woodruff do inform the Houfe of Affembly, that the three 
" Bills which lay before this Houfe for their Concurrence, paffed the Council 
" this Day without Amendment." 

D On 



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On a Motion made ; 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fend a Letter to the Honourable Robert H. Morris, 
in Anfwer to his of the 24th of September laft, in the Words following. 

S I R, 

\y OUR Letter to me I ommunicated to the Houfe \ tbey have directed me \ 
to return you their Thanks for your kind Offer. 

If any Attempts /hould be made to leffen the Merit this Colony has a juji 
Claim to, for the Exertion of its Force in the common Defence of his Majejly's 
American Dominions, confidering the great Expence they have been put to in 
the Protection of an extenfive Frontier, which is augmented fmce you left us , 
you will render acceptable Service to the Colony, by placing their Zeal in a 
true Light. 

We heartily <wi{h you a fafe and pleafant Voyage. 

By Order of the General Affembly, 

'Trenton , New- 'Jerfcy, 

osroter 22, , 757 . ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 

Ordered, 
That the Committee of Correfpondence do write to the Agent, that when 
any Affairs of the Colonies come under the Confideration of his Majefty's 
Minilters, that he apply to Mr. Morris, for Information or Advice refpedling 
this Colony. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Tard do wait on the Council, and inform them, 
that this Houfe have Nothing before them, and propofe to apply to the Prefident 
for a Difmiffion, if they have no Objection. 

Mr. Stevens and Mr. Tard reported, that they had performed the Order of 
the Houfe ; and that the Council had no Objection to their being difmifs'd. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Fifher and Mr. Tard do wait on his Honour, and acquaint him, 
that this Houfe have Nothing before them, and defire him to pafs the Bills 
now before him, and difmifs the Houfe. 

Mr. Fijher reported, that Mr. Tard and himfelf performed the Meffage of 
the Houfe to his Honour the Preiident ; who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe 
ihould hear from him in Half in Hour. 

A Meffage from the Prefident, by Mr. Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker, His Honour is in the Council Chamber, and requires the Atten- 
dance of this Houfe immediately. 

Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe attended his Honour, who 
was pleafed to give his AfTent to the following Bills, enabling the fame, viz. 

ift, 



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i ft, An AG. for making current Thirty Thou fa nd Pounds in Bills of Credit, 
for his Mjjeftfs Service in the prefent War. 

2d, An A&J 'or appropriating a certain Sum of Money for the Support of 
the Commander in ChieJ of this Colony, from the Ninth Day of September, 
One Thonfand Seven Hundred and Fifty- [even, till the Twenty-jirfl Day oj May, 
One Thou/and Seven Hundred and fifty-eight. 

3d, An KG. for the Tryal of Benjamin Springer, now a Prifoner in the Goal 
oj the Comity of Effex, upon an Accufation for Felony and Murder, committed 
in the County of Suffex. 

4th, An Aft for continuing fever al Acls of the General Affembly of this 
Colony, which will expire at the End of this pre fent Seffion by their own 
Limitation. 

5th, An Aft for providing an additional Security to the Frontiers of this 
Colony. 

6th, An Aft for reviving an Ail, entitled, An AEl for the Relief of poor 
diftreffed Prifoners for Debt. 

And then the Prefident was pleafed to prorogue the Affembly to the 
Twentieth Day of November next, then to meet at BURLINGTON. 




DY Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do 
appoint James Tarker, of Woodbridge, to 
print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence, 

Speaker. 









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I 






Votes of the General Ajjembly. 

BURLINGTON, Thurfday, March 23, 1758. 

PURSUANT to his Honour's feveral Prorogations to this Day, the Houfe 
met, and adjourned till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, March 24, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Paxfon do wait on the Prefident, and inform 
him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed upon Bufinefs are met, 
and are ready to receive any Thing he will pleafe to lay before them. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Paxon and himfelf delivered the above Mef- 
fage to his Honour the Prefident, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe mould 
hear from him immediately. 

A Meffage from the Prefident by Mr. Secretary. 

Mr. Speaker, His Honour is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the At- 
tendance of this Houje immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe attended on . 
his Honour : And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and re- 
ported, that his Honour had made a Speech to both Houfes ; of which Mr. 
Speaker faid he had, to prevent Mifhkes, obtained a Copy. 

Ordered, 
That his Honour's Speech be read ; which was done accordingly, and is as" 
follows ; 

\ Gentlemen of the Council, and General slflemb'y, 

* TTAVING the Honour of his Majefty's Commands of the Thirtieth Day 
' ■••-*■ of December laft, fignified to mc by the Right Honourable IVilliani 

* Pitt, Efq; one of his Majefty's principal Secretaries of State, it became my 

* Duty to call you immediately together, that you might, by your Vigour and 

* Difpatch, have the Opportunity of (hewing the moll: gratetul Return to his 
' Majefty, for the tender Concern he manifefts for his loyal Subjects in this Part 

* of his Dominions, fo far removed from his Royal Prefence. The unexampled 

* Expence Great-Britain chearfully fubjects herfelf to for the Security ofthefe 
c Colonies, demands the utmoft Exertion of your Force, to co-operate with 
' the King's Regular Troops, for the reducing Enemies, whofe fole View muft 
' evidently be the Deftruftion of your Liberty, Property, civil and religious 
' Rights, and every Thing that is dear to you. Experience ihews you, how 
" deftru&ive all Delays are in military Operations, and that every Year brings 
' on a Load greater than the former j it is therefore confident with Prudence 

* and good Oeconomy, as well as your Duty to his Majefty, by the moft 
' vigorous Efforts, to fecond the King's pious Intentions, ot making the future 

* Security of the Colonies, under Providence, the Woik ot one Campaign. 
' His Majefty has been gracioufly pleafed, in order to alleviate the Expence of 

4 the 



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1 the Colonies, to furnifh the Provincial Troops with Arms, Provifions, and 

• Camp Equipage ; and as a fignal Mark of his Favour and Confidence, to 
' eftablifh a Rank for the Officers who mall feive in thofe Levies ; which, I 
' have Reafon to hope, will induce Gentlemen of Knowledge and Influence to 

• enter into the Service ; and by their Example, infufe into the People, a 
c Love of their Country, and a Willingnefs to inlift : And in the Difpofition 
« of the Commiffions on this Occafion, I affure you, Merit fhall be my Angle 
c View. As a further Inducement to the Colonies to make their utmoft Ef- 
' forts, his Majefty has been gracioufly pleafed to declare, that ftrong Recom- 
' mendations mail be laid before the Parliament, to grant a proper Compen- 
4 fation for the Expence of the Colonies, according as their active Vigour and 
c ftrenuous Efforts fhall refpectively appear to merit ; and on this Occafion his 
1 Majefty has not thought proper to limit the Ardour of any of his Colonies ; 
' but, juftly, expects from each as large a Body of Men as they are able to raife, 
' on this critical and important Occafion. Mr. Secretary Pitt's Letter, which 
« demonftrates his Majefty's Care and Affection for the Colonies, fhall be laid 
1 before you, under the Confidence he is pleafed to exprefs in it. 

* Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

c As no Time or Occafion has ever happened in the Colonies, wherein it 

• became (o neceffary to involve your Country in Expence, I muff, recommend 
' it to you, in the moft fervent Manner, to act with a Spirit and Refolution 

• becoming a People, who efteem their Liberty of more Value than the fmall 
' Part of their Eflate requifite for the Maintenance of all the Men this Colony 
' can fpare. I have the Favour of a Letter from his Excellency Governor 
4 Pownall, informing me, that the Colony of the Ma/fachu/etts have voted 

• Seven Thoufand Men; and, as Lieutenant Governor of this Colony, here- 
1 commends this extraordinary Service in the ftrongeft Manner. I am alfo fa- 
' voured with a Letter from the Honourable James De Lancey, Efq; Lieut. 
.• Governor of New-York, and thereby am acquainted, that the Affembly of that 
' Colony have voted Three Thoufand Six Hundred and Eighty Men, to be raifed 

■ for the Service of this prefent Year. As the Supplies of Money muft conftitu- 

• tionally arife in your Houfe, you will confider, that the raifing a Sum inade- 
c quate to the Service, will cramp the Operations of this Colony, a'nd lofe the 

• Reputation we have juftly acquired in preceeding Campaigns. 

' Gentlemen oj the Council and General Affembly, 

S The Secretary fhall lay before you a Letter I have received from his Excel- 

• lency General Abercrombie, whom his Majefty has been pleafed to appoint 
' Commander in Chief of his Troops in North- America, in the Room of the 
j Earl of Loudoun, and with the fame Power and Authorities ; in which he 
\ recommends the utmoft Application and Difpatch in forming the Levies. 

1 I muft intreat you, not to fuffer any Jealoufy of the Conduct of the other 
1 Colonies to enter into your Councils; but to act for yourfelves independantly, 
' and detached from every other Confideration, than the emergent Neceffity 
' of fecuring to yourfelves and your Pofterity, the happy Enjoyment of the Li- 

■ berties of Englijhmen, under the Adminiftration of the beft of Kings, who 

■ has always had a juft Regard for the Liberties of his Subjects, and has given 

• the moft evident Proofs, that he efteems his Happinefs as interwoven with 

1 that of his People. 

< I muft 



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' I mull ftrongly recommend it to you, to fall upon the fpeedieff. and beffc 
' Method of railing the greateft Body of Troops this Colony can furnifh. And 

• in cafe the propoled Number fhould not be voluntarily inliftcd within a limi- 

• ted Time, by the Methods you (hall fall upon, that I mould be, by a Law 
c for that Purpofe, enabled to compleat them, fo that they may be ready in 
1 Time to affift in the general Attempt, of obtaining, by Force of Arms, that 
1 Repofe and Security, which paft Events plainly fhew us, we can never by 
c any other Method expect to enjoy. 

* Colonel Peter Schuyler is now here, and has confiderable Arrearages arid 

• Demands. That Gentleman's Conduct has done Honour to the Colony, and 
' entitles him to its Efteem ; and his humane Difpofition, which extended to 

• all his captive Countrymen, has endeared him to America. I (hall poft- 

• pone the Recommendation of his Affairs, and thofe of Captain Shaw, who 
' brought home the Troops who were captivated by the Indians after the Sur- 
' render of Fort William-Henry, and of the Troops returned by the Way of 

• Europe from Ojwego, until you have taken Refolutions reflecting the Forces 
' now to be railed, as that Confideration ought to be paramount to every 

• other ; but doubt not, but in the Courfe of this Selfton, their particular 

• Circumftances, of which I (hall inform you, will meet with due Regard 
1 from you, as well as the future Care of the Frontiers ; which, by the Blefhng 
' of Providence on the Vigilance of our Troops, have been protected through 

• the Winter; and a Quiet, for along Time before, unknown to the upper 
1 Inhabitants, happily preferved.' 

Burlington, March z 4 th 1 758. J 01)11 KCUulU^. 

Mr. Secretary laid before the Houfe the feveral Letters referred to in his 
Honour's Speech ; which were read. 

Ordered, 
That his Honour's Speech, with the feveral Letters therein referred to, be 
read the fecond Time. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

His Honour's Speech, with the feveral Letters therein mentioned, were read 
the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, 
to confider of his Honour's Speech, and the feveral Letters therein mentioned : 
After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. 
Vreeland, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had 
made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and delired Leave to lit 
again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morroW Morning. 

Saturday, March 2§th, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Spicer communicated to the Houfe, fundry Letters and Papers which 
he had received from the Agent of this Colony ; which were read, and returned 
to Mr. Spicer. 

The 



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The Houfe refolve-d itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to further 
confider of his Honour's Speech, and other Papers therein mencioned : After 
fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, 
Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome 
further Progrefs in the Matters to them referred ; and that they had come to a 
Refolution, that a Number of Men be railed to aiTift in the erifuing Campaign, 
and that the faid Number fhould confifl of Volui: tiers only; and that the 
Committee had defired Leave to fit again. To all which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Refohed, 
That this Houfe will proceed to the publick Bimnefs of the Colony this 
Sitting. 

A Petition of Adrian Bennet, and fundry other Inhabitants in and about 
Cranbury, and elfewhere, in the County of MiddLjcx, was prefented to the 
Houfe and read, letting forth, That the High-Road from Burlington to Cran- 
bury Brook, and from thence to Am boy, was formerly laid out and eftablhhed 
by an Act of General AfTembly, which went through the Plantation of Adrian 
Bennet, to his great Damage : That he hath turned, opened, and well cleared 
a new Road, which has been ufed feveral YearSj with general Satisfaction : 
Therefore the Petitioners pray, that the faid new Road ib opened, may be 
eftablifhed and confirmed by Adt of General AfTembly. 
Ordered, 

The faid Petition have a fecond Readine. 

A Petition of Capt. Jacobus Van Bujkerk, praying an Allowance for his Ser- 
vices at the building of a Fort at Juflice Gardiner's-, was prefented to the Houfe, 
and read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'CIock Monday Morning. 
Monday, March 2-jth, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

One hundred and fifty-fix Volumns of Papers, relating to the original Con- 
ftitution of this Colony, being laid before the Houie, were n.-uv diitributed 
according to the Ad of AfTembly in that Cafe provided : And there bein^ four- 
teen Volumns over, the Treafurer, by Order of the Houfe, now diftnbuted 
them to fuch Members of the Houfe as were not Members of the lall AfTembly, 
and to the Treafurer. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M\ 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to further 
confider of his Honour's Speech, and Matters therein referred ro : After 
fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, 
Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee hud made fome 
further Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired Le.:vc to fit again. 
To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o'CIock To-morrow Morning. 

Tuefday, 



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Tuefday, March 28, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

TheHoufe refotved itfelf into a Committee of the whble Houfe, to further 
confider of his Honour's Speech, and Matters therein referred to : After fome 
Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, Chair- 
man of the Committee, reported, That the Committee had gone through the 
Matters to them referred ; and had ordered him to report the Refolutions of 
the Committee, as follows : 
Refohed, 

That an humble Addrefs be prefented to his Honour the Prefident, in An- 
fwer to his Speech : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refohed, 

That the Regiment of this Colony be recruited ; and that the fame be 
augmented to the Number of 1000 effective Volunteers. 

On the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not; it was carried in 
the Affirmative, as follows : 



For 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Jtbnjion, 
Mr. NeviU, 
Mr. Ogden, 
Mr. Fijher, 
Mr. Hoogland, 



IOOO Men. 

Mr. Vangefon, 
Mr. Vrelani, 
Mr. Read, 
Mr. Ladd, 
Mr. Yard, 
Mr. Middagh. 



For 500 Men. 
Mr. We thrill, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Pax/bit, 
Mr. Stoits, 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. Spicer. 



Mr. Smit b, 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr Miller, 
Who voted for no Men. 



Refohed, 

That Provifion be made, that the Sum of Ten Pounds^ be given as a Bounty 
to each Volunteer. 

On the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not; it was carried 
in the Negative, as follows : 



For jr. 6. 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. Spicer, 



No Bounty. 
Mr. Smith, 
Mr Clement, 
Mr. Miller, 



For jQ. iz. For £■ 10. 

Mr. Stezens, Mr. Wetherill, 

Mr. Jobnflon, Mr. Yard. 

Mr. AW//, 

Mr. Hoogland, 

Mr. Ogden, 

Mr. Fifber, 

Mr. Holmes, 

Mr Vr eland, 

Mr. Vangefon, 

Mr. Read, 

Mr. Pax/on, 

Mr. Stokes, 

Mr Ladd, 

Mr. Middagb. 

Refohed, 
That £. 12, be allowed as a Bounty to each Volunteer. 

Refohed, 
That Thirty Shillings levy Money be allowed for railing each Volunteer. 
On the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not; it was carried in 
the Negative, as follows : 

For Thirty Shillings. For Twenty Shillings. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Learning, 

Mx.Johnfton, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Spieer, 

Mr. AW//, Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Ya>d, 

Mr - Og^"- Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Middagh. 

Mr - Fi/her, M r> p axfo „ t 

Mr Vreeland, Mr. Stokes, 

Mr - &"><*■ Mr. Ladd, 

C Refohed, 



For Nothing. 
Mr. Smith, 
Mr Clement, 
Mr. Miller. 



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Refohed, 
That there be allowed Twenty Shillings Levy Money for railing each Vo- 
lunteer. 

Refohed, 
That there be paid to the Colonel of the Regiment, the Sum of Twenty 
Pounds two Shilli?igs, per Month : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refohed, 
' That there be paid to the Lieutenant-Colonel of the faid Regiment, the 
Sum of Eighteen Pounds, per Month : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That there be paid to the Major of the faid Regiment, the Sum of Fifteen 
Pounds, per Month : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That there be paid to each Captain of faid Regiment, the Sum of Ten Pounds 
One Shilling, per Month : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That there be paid to each Lieutenant, the Sum of Seven Pounds Ten Shil- 
lings and Nine Pefice, per Month : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refohed, 
That the.e be paid to each Enfign, the Sum of Six Pounds fourteen Shillings, 
per Month : Tq which the Houfe agreed. 
Refohed, 
That there be paid to each Serjeant, the Sum of Two Pounds ten Shillings. 
and three Pence, per Month : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That there be paid to each Corporal and Drummer, the Sum of Two Pounds 
ten Shillings and three-pence per Month : To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That th.-re be pa : d to each private Man, the Sum of One Pound thirteen Shil- 
lings and fix-pence per Month. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That there be Ten Pounds per Month, allowed for the Pay of a Minifter of 
the Gofpel, to attend the faid Regiment. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That there be Fifteen Pounds per Month, allowed for the Pay of a Surgeon. 
To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That there be allowed for the Pay of a Surgeon's Mate, Nine Pounds per 
Month. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Rejohed, 
That a Sum not exceeding One Hundred and twenty Pounds, be allowed to 
purchafe a Chefl of Medicines. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Refohed, 
That Fifty Men be continued on the Frontiers of this Province, until the 
End of the next Sitting of Affembly, except the Commander in Chief do dif- 
band them fooner. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Refohed, 
That the Sum of Fifty Thoufand Pounds, be forthwith flruck in Bills of 
Credit ; and that fo much of the fame as may be neceffary, be applied to the 
Levying, Paying, and Cloathing of the faid Regiment ; and that Piovifion be 
made for finking the faid Sum of JT. 50,000, at the Rate of £. 10,000 a Year, 
in the Years 1774, 1775, 1776, iyjj, and 1778. On 



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On the Qaeftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not, a Debate arifing, 
whether the faid Sum fhould be funk in rive or ten Years ? it was carried for 
five Years, as follows ; 

To be funk in five Vears. To be funk ic ten Years. 

Mr. S/evens, Mr. Smth, Mr. Wetherul, Mr. Paxi'::, 

Mr. Jobnflon, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Holms, Mr. LaM, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Clement, Mr. Eijher, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. M//«r, ' M,r. HoogLmd, Mr. S$fa»>v 

Mr.JWW, Mr. 2W, Mr. Vanguon, 'Ux. Mtfdag*. 
Mr. &*# 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Read, Mr. 2V«»7/, Mr. Stevens, Mr. SJjfcerf; and Mr. HooglanJ, 
be a Committee to bring in a Bill conformable to the ahovefaid Refblves. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That the feveral Commiffioners, and other Perfons concerned in the late Ex- 
peditions, do lay their Accounts before this Houfe. 

The Houfe being informed, that the particular Circumftances Col. Peter 
Schuyler, and fome of his Regiment, is now, and hath, for a confiderable Time 
paft, been under, owing to his and thejr Captivity among the French, hath 
prevented him from having his Accounts ready for a Settlement at this Time : 
But he being confiderably in Aivance, 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens do bring in a Bill for immediately fupplying 
him with a Sum of Money. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Ogden, M\ 
Pax/on, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Miller, Mr. LadJ, Mr. Clement, Mr. 
Middagh, and Mr. Holmes, be a Committee to infpedt the Accounts of the fe- 
Vtral late Expeditions, and report the fame to the Houfe. 
Ordered, 
That the Weftern Treafurer lay his Accounts before this Houfe j and that 
the Clerk of the Houfe ferve him with a Copy of this Order. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, Mr. Learning and Mr. Holmes, be a Committee to prepare 
a Draught of an Addrefs to his Ho nour tne Prefident. 

Mr. Read, with Leave, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Act for feftemal 
electing of Reprefentqtives to ferve in General Affembly ; which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Cape-May, fetting forth 
their Remotenefs from the Secretary's Office, which obliges them to petition to 
have their own Deeds, if not thofe of the Publick, recorded in the feveral 
Counties of this Colony, where they refpe&ively refide ; which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Read, according to Order, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Att for fup- 
plying Col. Peter Schuyler, with the Sum of which was read, and ordered 
n fecond Reading. 

Two Petitions prefented to the Houfe the laft Seffions, from the Inhabitants 
oiWoodbridge, in the County of Middle fex, and from the City of Burlington, 
concerning the billeting of Soldiers, which was referred to the Houfe this Sef- 
fions ; was now read the fecond Time. Rejolved, 



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Refolved, 
That Provifion be made in the Bill for recruiting the Regiment of this Colony, 
for the Payment of the Charge attending the billeting the Regulars within the 
fame, at the Rate of if. 6d. per Week ; and for paying of fuch other Necef- 
faries as were provided according to Aft of Parliament; and that Samuel Nevill, 
Charles Read, John Wetherill, John Stevens, Hendrick Fijher, Robert Ogden, 
Henry Pax/on^ Hugh Hart (home, John Allen, Rynear Vangejon, Cornelius 
Vanvorft, Efqrs. and Mr. Abraham Clarke, jun. or any two of them, be ap- 
pointed to fettle and pay the refpe&ive Accounts. 

The Secretary, by the Prefident's Order, laid before the Houfe, part of Col. 
Peter Schuyler's Accounts : Alfo an Account of Dodtor Benjamin Stakes, Sur- 
geon of the New-Jcrjey Regiment ; A Letter and Account of Capt. Thomas 
Shaw, of the fame Regiment, and from Hendrick Fijher, Efq; relating to that 
Part of the Regiment taken at OJwego, and returned via England. 

The Bill, entitled, An A& for fupp lying Col. Peter Schuyler, with the Sum 
iff was read the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of the 

whole Houfe. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on the Bill 
for fupplying Col. Schuyler : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker re - 
fumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Houfe had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral Amendments 
thereto ; which he read in their Places ; and ort the Queftion, the faid Bill, 
as amended, was agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engroffed. 

Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
BUI, entitled, An A&.Jor the compleating the Regiment in the Pay oj the Colony 
of Ne w- Jcrfey, to the Number oj 1000 effective Men, and making Provifion for 
the lame. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 
Wednejday, March 29, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Acl to fupply Col. Peter Schuyler, with the 
Sum 0/ Six Thoufand Pounds, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion, 
whether the faid Bill do pafs or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Johnfion and Mr. Ogden do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 
Concurrence. 

Mr. John/Ion reported, that Mr. Ogden and himfelf, delivered the above Bill 
to Mr. AJhfield, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. [The Council not 
fitting.] 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider 
the Bill for compleating the Regiment in the Pay of this Colony : And after 
fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, 

Chairman 



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Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Houfe had made fome Progref3 
in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Woodruff, as follows ■ 
" Ordered, 

" That Mr. Woodruff 'do acquaint the Houfe of Affembly, that this Houfe 
" have paffedthe Bill,' entitled, An Acl: to jupplyCol. Peter Schuyler, with the 
" Sum of Six Thoufand Pounds, without any Amendments." 

A Meffage from the Prefident by Mr. Secretary. 

Mr. Speaker, His Honour the Prefident is in the Council-Chamber, and re- 
quires the Attendance of the Houje immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker lefc the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait 
on the Prefident : Being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and re- 
ported, that his Honour the Prefident was pleafed to pafs the Bill, entitled, An 
Acl forjupplpng Col. Peter Schuyler, with the Sum of Six Thoufand Pounds. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to further 
confider the Bill for compleating the Regiment of this Colony, &c. After fome 
Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, Chair- 
man of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome further 
Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Thur/day, March 30, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to further 
confider the Bill for compleating the Regiment of this Colony : After fome 
Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, Chair- 
man of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome further 
Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired. Leave to fit again. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
^ Mr. Miller had Leave to be abfent until Monday next. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to further 
confider the Bill for compleating the Regiment of this Colony : And after fome 
Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Vreeland, Chair- 
man of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had gone through the 
Bill, and made feveral Amendments thereto, which he is ready to report, when 
the Houfe will pleafe to receive the fame. 

And further, That it is the Opinion of the faid Committee, that it was necef- 
fary to bring in a Bill, to provide for the contingent Charges of the Govern- 
ment. 

D Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That che faid Bill, with the Amendments, be received immediately. 
And the fame being read with the Amendments, and fome other Amendments 
added thereco by the Houfe. And on the Queftion, 
Ord:t ed, 
That the laid Bill as amended be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, March 31, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from the Grand-Jury of Middlefex, 
fetting forth, That the quartering of Soldiers in that County, is found by Ex- 
perience, to be very inconvenient ; and praying that a Number of Barracks 
may be built. 

Alio another Petition to the fame EffecT: from the Inhabitants of Neiv-Brun- 
Jwick; and praying for the Payment of the Charge they have been at this Win- 
ter, was prefented to the Houfe. Both which were read. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Jolmjion, Mr. Tard, Mr. Read, Mr. Paxfon, and Mr. Learning, 
be a Committee to prepare a Plan of the Manner, and an Eltimate of the Ex- 
pence of building Barracks for 1500 Men, and lay the fame before the Houfe. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An AcT; for augmenting the Regiment of this 
Colony of New-Jerfey, to the Number of One thoufand ejfettivi Men, Officers in- 
cluded ; was read and compared ; and on the Qaeftion, whether the faid Bill 
do pafs or not ? it was carried as follows : 

V E A S. NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr.l'angefon, Mr. Wctberill, Mr. Stokes, 

Mx.JibnJh?!, Mr . Vredand, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Scvill, Mr. Read, Mr. Smith, Mr. Learnings 

Mr. Ogien, Mr. Laid, Mr. Paxfon, Mr. Sficer. 

Mr. Fijber, Mr. Tard, 

Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Uiddagb. 

Refohed, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevil/and Mr. Stevens, do carry the faid Bill to the Counci', for 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Smith, with Leave, brought in a Bill for recording of Deeds and Mort- 
gages in every County of this Colony ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf, delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted, to the Speaker, in Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mn Stevens and Mr. Johnflon, had Leave to be abfent on extraordinary Oc- 
casions. 

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Suffex County, was prefented to the Houfe, 
praying that the Forces may be longer continued on the Frontiers of this Pro- 
vince ; was read, and ordered a iecond Reading. A 






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A Petition was preferred to the Houfe from the Freeholders of Gloucefler 
County, fetting forth, That they had flopped out Woodbury Creek ; and that 
the Water-Courfe of laid Creek and Branches, is very much obftrudted by 
Grafs and other Rubbim ; and pray for an A<ft of Affembly, to oblige the 
Owneis or faid Meadows and Swamps, to clear out the faid Creek, and Branches 
thereof, adjoining on faid Creek ; was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Clement had Leave to be abfent till Monday next. 

Ordered, 
That a Committee of Grievances do fit every Wednefday, if there be Occa- 
fion ; and that the faid Committee be a Committee of the whole Houfj. 

On a Motion made, 

Ordered, 
That M.F. PVethen 11 have Leave to bring in a Bill, for explaining the Law 
relating to the Poor. 

A Petition of the Surveyors of the High- ways, from Somerfet, Hunterdon, an J 
Morris Counties ; was, according to a former Order of the Houfe, now read 
the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Fijher have Leave to bring in a Bill according to the Prayer of the 
Petitioners. 

The Petition of Adrian Bennet, and other Inhabitants of the County of Mid- 
dle/ex, in and about Cranbury, concerning the publick High-way ; was, ac- 
cording to Order, read the fecond Time. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevitt and Mr. Wetherill, have Leave to bring in a Bill according 
to the Prayer of the Petitioners. 

The Committee appointed to confider of a proper Eftimate, relating to Bar- 
racks, made the following Report : 

' We the Committee appointed to confider of a Plan for building Barracks 
' for 1500 Men ; and computing the Expence thereof, do hereby report, that 

* we are of Opinion, it will be proper to build one at Burlington for 300 Men ; 

* one at Trenton, for 300 Men ; one at Brunfivick, for 300 Men ; one at Am- 

* boy, for 300 Men ; and one at Elizabeth-Town, for 300 Men. And it appear- 
c ing to us, that the Expence of Building will very much vary, according to 
« the Place where the Building is erected : And that it may be neceffiry alfo 

* to vary the Method of Building in fevera! Places, the Expence and Method 

* are therefore both too uncertain for us to form any tolerable Eftimate : Our 
« Opinion therefore is, that the bell: Method the Houfe can fall upon, will be 

* to appoint three relponfible Freeholders in each of the above Places, and to 
' impower any two of them to dra'v on the Treafury for any Sum not exceed- 
' ing £.1400, for Burlington -, nor the Sum of £.1400, for Trenton ; nor the 
4 S jm of £. 1400, for Neiv-Brui/wick ; nor the Sum of £.1400, for Amboy-, nor 
' the Sum of £1400, for Elizabeth-Town ; and with the Money fo received, to 
' compleat the faid Buildings, in the moft cheap, expeditious, and convenient 

* Manner they are capable of. All which is, nevertbelefr, fubmitted to the. 
1 Houfe, by Charles Read, 

Aaron Leaming, 
Henry Paxson, 
Joseph Yard. 

On 



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On the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees to the faid Report or not ? it 
was agreed to by the Houfe, Nemine Contradicente. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, Mr. Nevi 11, Mr. Read, Mr. Fifier, and Mr. Tard, he a 
Committee, to bring in a Bill for building of Birracks for quartering of Soldiers. 

A Petition of the Magiftrates, Freeholders, and Inhabitants of the Town of 

Trenton, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth the great Inconvenience they 

Q) lay under for want of Barracks, and praying that Barracks might be provided 

for quartering of Soldiers ; was read, and refered to the Committee on the B:d 

for that Purpofe. 

Ordered, 

1. That proper Claufes be inferted in the Bill for building of Barracks, to 
make Prcvifion for difbanding all the Forces on the Frontiers, except 50 Men. 

2. For the Payments of certain Accounts from the Agents. 

3. For a proper Allowance to the Publifhers of the Volume of Original 
Conftitutions. 

4. To indemnify John John/Ion, Efq; a Member of this Houfe, and con- 
tinue his Right of Siccing and Voting in this H^ufe, notwithstanding his ac- 
cepting the Orfke and Profits of Colonel of the New-Jerjey Regiment. 

A Petition from the refpedlive Townfhips of Lebanon, Amwell, Kingwood, 
Bethlehem, Tukejbury, and Reading, in the County of Hunterdon, were pre- 
fented to the Houfe; fetting forth the great Inconvenience the Petitioners, and 
many other of the Inhabitants of faid County, labour under, by Reafon of the 
Court being held at Trenton ; and praying, either that the fame may be re- 
moved to a Place more central, or that the County may be divided : All which 
were read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Act for recording of Deeds and Mortgages, G?r. was read the fecond 
Time, and committed to Mr. Nevill, Mr. Spicer, and M.\ Learning. 

The Houfe adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine o'Clock. 

Saturday, April 1, 1 75S. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petition from the Inhabitants of Suffex County, which was referred to 
this Scffioni from a late Seffion, was now read, and ordered to lie on the Table. 

The Petition from Burlington and Gloucefler Counties, for killing of Bears, 
which was referred to this Seffions, was now read, and ordered to lie on the 
Table. 

A Petition from Zebulon Stout, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth, 
that he was taken Priioner at Fort William-Henry, and by Cold, and other 
Hardfhips, is fo difabled, that he is not capable of fupporting himfelf nor Fa* 
mily, praying the Houfe to grant him fuch Relief as they think meet ; was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Ladd, and Mr. Learning, have Leave to be abfent on 
extraordinary Occafions, till Thurjday next. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday next, at. Two, P. M. 

Monday, 



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Monday, April 3, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Tuefday, April 4, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

A MefTage from the Council by Mr. Kemble, acquainting the Houfe, that 
they have palled the Bill for augmenting the Regiment of this Colony, &c. 
without any Amendment. 

Mr. Nevill, from the Committee for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill for 
eftabliihing that Part of the publick High Road that leads from Burlington to 
Perth- Amboy, that goes through the Plantation of Adrian Bennet, near Cran- 
bury ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Fijher, according to Leave, brought in a Bill for paying the Surveyors 
of the Highways, for their Trouble of altering publick Roads ; which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The feveral Petitions from Hunterdon County, for removing the Court, or 
dividing the County, were read the fecond Time : 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners do give publick Notice in the News-Papers, and other- 
wife, through the faid County, that all Parties concerned, both for and againft 
the Matters petitioned for, may, if they think proper, have a Hearing before 
the Houfe of General- Ajjembly, the fecond Wednejday of their next Sitting. 

A Meflage from the Prefident by the Deputy Secretary ; which, with the 
Letter therein referred to, was read ; and in the faid MefTage, is the 
Woids following : 

Gentlemen of the General Affembly ; 
*' T Herewith lend you a Letter I have received from his Excellency General 
" *■ Abercrombie, Commander in Chief of His Majefty's Forces in North- 
" America ; concerning the impreffing and fecuring Provifions, &c. which 
" I muff recommend to your ferious Confederation ; and doubt not, but you 
" will do therein, what is neceffary : 

SSlS^* J ohn Riding." 

Ordered, 
That his Honour's MefTage, and the Papers therein referred to, have a fecond 
Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petition from the Grand-Jury of Monmouth County, praying for the 
Abitement of Colts, where the Perfons who are fued confefTes the Debt ; which 
wis Lid before the Houfe at a late Seffions j was now read, and taken into 
Confederation - . 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ogden and Mr. Holmes, be a Committee to bring in a Bill, purfuant 
to the Prayer of the Petitioners. 

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A MefTage from the Prefident by the Deputy Secretary ; 
Mr. Speaker, His Honour the Prefident is in the Council-Chamber, and re- 
quires the Attendance of this Hou/e immediately. 

Wnereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, attended on 
his Honour : And being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and re- 
ported, that his Honour the Prefident was pleafed to pafs the Bill, entided, An 
Act to augment the Regiment of this Colony of New-Jerfey, to the Number 
of One tboujand effective Men, Officers included. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, Mr. Fifher, Mr. Learning, and Mr. Paxfon, be a Com- 
mittee to bring in a Bill for the Amendment of the Five Pound A<3. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer, Mr. Yard, Mr. Clement, and Mr. Stokes, be a Committee 
to bring in a Bill for the Amendment of the Attachment Adi. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Vangefon, and Mr. Middagh, be a Committee to 
bring in a Bill for the Continuance of the Fifteen Pound Act. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Yard, and Mr. Vreeland, be a Committee to bring 
in a Bill for the more eafy obtaining Replevins. 

The Bill, entitled, An AQfor altering one Part of a Six-rod Road, which 
leads from Perth-Amboy Ferry to Burlington ; was read the fecond Time, and 
committed to Mr. Learning and Mr. Ogden. 

The Bill, entitled, An A dr. for paying the Surveyors of the High-ways ; was 
read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Yard and Mr. Hoogland. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 
Wednefday, April 5, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from fundry Inhabitants of the County 
o(G;oucefter, againfl a former Petition prefented to this Houfe, for flopping 
the Tide out of Raccoon Creek ; praying for the Reafons therein mentioned, 
that the Navigation of faid Creek may be preferved j was read, and ordered 
a fecond Reading. 

Some of the Petitioners for and again ft flopping out the Tide of Raccoon 
Creek, attending, according to the Order of the Day, were called in ; and one 
Party of themalledging that they were not fully prepared for a Hearing. 

The Houfe taking the fame into Confideration ; 
Ordered, 

That the Hearing thereof be referred till To-morrow Morning. 

The Houfe adjoujned till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning: 

Ihnrfday, 



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7hurfday, April 6, 175S. 
The Houfe met. 

A written Mtffcge from the Prefident by the Deputy Secretary • which was 
read, and is as follows : 

" Gentlemen of the Afembly, 

" ¥ Have this Day received a Letter from General Abercrombie, which I have 
" * ordered to be laid before you. You will obferve, that the General is 
u of Opinion, that this Province, not correfponding more effe&ually with his 
" Majefty's Expectations, fo flrongly recommended in Mr. Secretary Pitt's 
" Letter, may be an Injury to it in the Recommendation hisMajefly has per- 
** mitted the Secretary of State to acquaint the feveral Governments, fliall be 
" made to the Parliament in their next Seffions : And as I cannot help thinking 
" with General Abercrombie, that you have not come up to the full Extent of 
" your Abilities ; I muff prefs it upon you, to fall upon fome Meafures of au<r- 
" menting the Numbers to your full Proportion ; and by that Means, contn- 
" buting all in your Power, to carry the prefent Plan, formed for the Safety of 
" the Colonies in general, into full Execution. 

" And I muft alio recommend to you, the Confederation of that Part of the 
" General's Letter, relative to the Arms for the Troops of this Colony." 

Burlinaton, Council-Chamber, • - ' ' - ■ •_ 

J?>u 5 ,i 75 s. JOHN READING. 

Ordered, 
That his Honour's MefTage have a fecond Reading. 

The Petitioners for and again ft flopping the Tide out of Raccoon Creek, ac- 
cording to the Order of the Day, attending, were called in, and the Allega- 
tions on both Sides fully heard • and then they were ordered to withdraw : The 
Houfe having fully confidered the Petitions for and againft flopping the Tide 
out of faid Creek, and the feveral Allegations on both Sides • 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition for flopping out the Tide from faid Creek, be difmifTed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 
The Houfe met. 

Mr. Learning, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, 
entitled, An Ad: for altering one Part of a Six-rods Road, which leads from 
Pertb-Amboy Ferry to Burlington ; reported the fame, without any Amend- 
ment. 

And on the Queflion, whether the faid Bill fhall be engroffed or not ? it 
paffed in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engroffed. 

A Petition from the County of Cumberland, was prefented to the Houfe, 
praying for an AcT: of AfTembly, to enable them to chufe two Perfons to repre- 
ient therri in General AfTembly ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading, 



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A Petition of Benjamin Parkhurji, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth, 
That he was inlifted in Col. Schuyler's, Regiment, and ierved in the faid Regi- 
ment, and Capt. Parker's and Cjpt. Woodward's Companies, one whole Year; 
and that there is an Arrearage of Fifteen Pounds feven Shillings, due to him for 
his faid Service ; which Petition was read, and referred to Mr. Nevill and Mr. 
OgJen, to confider his Cafe, and report it to the Houfe. 

The Houfe refuming theConfideration of Doctor Benjamin Stakes's Account, 
while Surgeon of the New-Jerfey Regiment ; and the Law for recruiting the 
Regiment, p.ffed thisSeffion, fully providing for his Pay, in cafe he joins the 
faid Regiment ; but it being uncertain whether, thro' the Effect of his late 
Captivity, he may be able fo to do or not : 
Rejohed, 

That it is the Opinion of this Houfe, That if Col. Schuyler pays the faid Dr. 
Benjamin Stakes, according to the Contract between him and the Commif- 
fioners, till his return from Captivity on the twenty-nfch D.y of November Lit, 
after deducting what has been already paid, the fame will be allowed the fad 
Col. Schuyler, in his Accounts. 
Refolved, 

That it is the Opinion of this Houfe, That if Col. Schuyler pay the faid Dr. 
B'njamin Stakes, One Hundred and ten Pounds, in full of his Accounts, for a 
Cheft of Medicines, and Twenty Pounds tor Inftruments, and the Sum of 
Thirty-three Pounds twelve Shillings and Six-pence, for Oatmeal, Sugar, Lin- 
nen, and Medicines, for fupplying the Prifoners at Quebec, firft deducing 
what has been already advanced ; that the fame will be allowed the faid Col. 
Schuyler, in his Accounts. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, April y, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An A&for altering one Part of a Six-rods 
road, which leads from Perth-Amboy Ferry to Burlington ; was read and com- 
pared ; and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pais or not ? it was car- 
ried in the Affirmative, Nemine Contradicente. 
Refohed, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetherill and Mr. Middagh, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, 
for Concurrence. 

A Meffage from the Prefident by the Deputy Secretary ; which, with the 
Letter therein referred to, was read : And the faid Meffage is in the Words 
following ; 

* Gentlemen of the Affembly, 

* 1 Luft Night received a Letter from Sir 'John St. Clair, Deputy Quarter- 
1 * Mafter-General of his Majefly's Forces in North- America, preffing me to 

* make Provifion for conveying through this Province, with the gieateft Expe- 
' dition, fuch Intelligence as may affect the military Operations of this Cam- 

* paign. As it will be attended with fome Expence, the Letter fhall be laid be- 

* f)re you, that you may fee the Expediency of its being immediately provided 
« for.' 

Burlington, Council-Chamber, f H N READING. 

April 7, 1758. J 

Ordered' 



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Ordered, 
That his A T.«.„ our ' s Meffage, and the Papers therein referred to, have # 
fecond Reading. 

Mr. Wetherill reported, that Mr. Middagh and himfelf delivered the Bill 
with them entrufted, t0 t h e Speaic^f in Council. 

Capt. Thomas Shaw laid his Accounts before the Houfe : 
Ordered, 

That his laid Accounts be allowed ; and that there be a Claufe in the Bill 
for building Barracks, &c. for the Payment of the fame ; and for the conti- 
nuing the laid Capt. Thomas Shaw in Pay until the 7th of December laft. 

Lieut. Henry Beckers laid his Account before the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That his Account as now Hated, be allowed ; and that there be a Claufe 
in the Bill for building Barracks, &c. for the Payment of the faid Lieut. 
Henry Beckers. 

Mr. Smith from the Committee for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, for the ^ 
building of Barracks for the quartering of Soldiers-, which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Tat d from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, for 
paying the Surveyors of the High-ways ; reported the fame, with feveral Amend- 
ments made thereto ; which were read in their Places ; and the Bill, with the 
Amendments, was recommitted to Mr. Ogden, Mr. Ladd and Mr. Vangefon. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft for building Barracks for the quartering of 
Soldiers within this Colony, Csc. was read the fecond Time, and feveral 
Amendments made thereto by the Houfe. And on the Queftion, whether 
the faid Bill as amended, be engroffed or not ? it paffed in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourned till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning.' 
Saturday, April 8, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for the Amend- 
mend of the Five Pound Aft, reported a Bill for that Purpofe, entitled, An Act 
for Trial oj jmall Cau/es ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from fundry Inhabitants of Burlington 
County, praying the upper Part of the Line between the faid County of 
Burlington and Gloucejler, may be better afcertained than at prefent ; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An AS. for building of Barracks within this 
Colony, and for preventing Jpiritous Liquors being /old to common Soldiers 
without Leave from proper Authority, and for other Purpofes therein mentioned, 
Was read, and compared ; and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pafs 
or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 

F Refohed, 



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Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Read do carry the faid BUI to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjoum'd till MnnJay. T^o, P. M. 

Monday, April 10, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Tuejday, April 11, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The Weftern Treafurer laid his Accounts before the Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That the faid Treafurer's Accounts lay on the Table, for the Perufal of 
the Members. 

Mr. Nevill from the Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for the 
more fpeedy and eafy obtaining Writs of Replevin in this Colony, reported a 
Bill for that Purpofe ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Wetherill, according to Leave, brought in a Bill for the better ex- 
plaining and amending the Laws of this Colony for the Settlement and Relief 
of the Poor ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Meffage from the Prefident by the Mr. Secretary ; which with the Papers 
therein referred to, was read, and the Meffage is in the Words following : 

" Gentlemen of the Affembh, 

' "T^HE Secretary lays before you, by my Order, a Letter I have received 
* •*- from the Honourable Thomas Fitch, Efq; Governor of Connecticut : 
c The Propofal therein made feems to me to be calculated to fervc wife 
1 Purpofes, and the great Utility of it is apparent j I fhall adt conformable, 
' if your Houfe will make a Provifion for the Expence that will attend the 
c fending Commiffioners. 

Burlirtrtott, Council-Chamber, *_ __ ,, 

fau,t 7S s. JOHN READING. 

Ordered, 
That his Honour's Meffage have a fecond Reading. 

An Account of Ferriages from Eflher Mojhel, at Trenton Ferry, for fundry 
of the King's Officers and Soldiers, with their Baggages, that pafted there laft 
September, being laid before the Houfe by Recommendation (as it is faid) 
from Sir John St. Clair, Deputy Quarter-Matter General. 
Refolved, 
That the Payment of all Ferriages for the King's Forces is already provided 
for by Act of Parliament} and that this Houfe will not pay any fuch Ferriages. 

His 



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nis Honour the Prefident's feveral Meffages, with the Letters therein refer- 
red (o ; was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

Tiat the Matters therein contained, be referred to the Committee for draw- 
ins - n Addrefs to the Prefident. 

A Petition from fome of the Owners and Poffeflbrs of fome Meadows and 
Mirfh.es in Manington x in the County of Salem, was prefented to the Houfe, 
praying for an Act for {topping the Tide from overflowing the fame ; was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from the civil and military Officers of the County of Cape-May, 
Was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth the Danger they are expofed to by 
the Defcent of an Enemy from Sea, and the Remotenefs of their Situation 
from the Aid of their Neighbours, in cafe of fuch Defcent : And praying that 
the Houfe would take the fame into Confideration, and with the other Bran- 
ches of the Legiflatue, tolerate them to retain the few Men they have for their 
own Defence ; which Petition was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That the Committee on the publick Accounts, have Power to fend for fuch 
Per fens and Papers as they may have Occafion for in fettling the fame. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 
Wednejday, Jipiil 12, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

A Memorial was prefented to the Houfe from Capt. 'John "Parker, fetting 
forth, That his fending for Neceffaries to fupply the People at Fort William- 
Henry, to the Amount of £.338, York Currency, a few Days before the Sur- 
render of faid Fort, deprived him of ferving them out to the People, before 
they were captivated ; by Reafon of which, the Lofs fell on him : And that 
his other Loffes there, in Cafh, Cloaths, &c. amounted to upwards of £.300, 
he therefore hopes the Houfe will take the fame into Confideration ; which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition of Mofes Tattami, an Indian, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting 
forth, That about twelve or thirteen Years ago, he applied to Governor Morris x 
about Land that lies near Rariton River ; That the faid Governor Morris, and 
Council, heard the Allegations of both Sides ; and the Governor told them that 
they muft go from his Land, or pay him for it, which they ftill refufe to do; 
and prays that the Houfe would take the fame into Confideration, and point 
out fome Way that he may have Juftice ; which was read, and ordered a 
fecond Reading. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. A(l:field, acquainting the Houfe, that 
they have paffed the Bill for altering one Part of a Six-rods Road, which leads 
from Perth-Amboy Ferry to Burlington, without Amendment. 

Mr. Learning, a Member of this Houfe, having been appointed a Commif- 
fary at the laft Campaign, at a Commiffion fuitable to certain important Services 
he was to perform j but afterwards, underftandin" - ron^ori on <; Diftemper, 

made. 



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made it imprpper for, him to execute the Office, whereupon he agreed with his 
cafual Succcffor, to undertake the Truft at two per Cent lefs Commiffion, than 
was allowed to him by Law : And therefore, now made a Tender to the Houfe 
of the faid two per Cent, for the Ufe of the Publick. And a Debate arifing there- 
on, and the Queftion demanded, whether the Houfe will accept the fame or 
not, the previous Queftion was demanded, whether that Queftion be now put 
or not ? it was carried as follows : 

YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stwens, Mr. Read, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. Nevill, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Spicer. 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Hoogland, 

Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Yard. 

Ordered, 
That the Queftion be now put : And it was carried as follows 5 



Y 


E 


A S. 


NAYS. 


Mr. Stevens, 




Mr. Pax/on, 


Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Miller, 


Mr. Nf-vili, 




Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Holmes, Mr. Spicer. 


Mr. Ogden, 




Mr. Learning, 


Mr. Hoogland, 


Mr. Vreeland, 




Mr. Yard. 




Mr. Read, 









Ordered, 
That the Serjeant at Arms do forthwith give Notice to Jacob Dehart, Mat- 
thias Dehart, Jonathan Hampton, John Allen, John Taylor, Jofeph Borden, 
Jojlpb Hollinjhead, and Abraham Hewlings, Efquires, that they give their At- 
tendance, to lay their publick Accounts before the Houfe on Monday next, 
being the 17th of this Inftant April, 1758. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetherill have Leave to be abfent till Friday next, on urgent 
Occafions. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Vangefon have Leave to be abfent, on Account of Indifpofition of 
Body. 

The Petition of Capt. Jacobus Vanbujkerk, was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That the faid thirty Men, mentioned in the faid Petition, be paid for 240 
Days Labour, for building Forts, in the fame Manner as the Soldiers on the 
Frontiers have hitherto been paid for the like Service. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Nevill, Mr. Learning, Mr. Yard, Mr. Clement, and Mr. Stokes, be 
a Committee, to join a Committee of the Council, to infpedl the Wdlern 
Treafurer's Accounts, and burn the cancelled Money in his Hands, and make 
Report to the Houfe. 

And that Mr. Stevens and Mr. Ladd do inform the Council thereof ; and 
defire the Council to appoint a Committee for that Purpofe, and Time and 
Place of meeting. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from the Inhabitants of Princetown, 
praying that Barracks for quartering of Soldiers be built in the faid Town j 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. 





y 


E 


A 


S. 


Mr. 


Ogden, 






Mr. Ladi, 


Mr, 


Hc?z!ar,J, 






Mr. Clement, 


Mr. 


Vrteland, 






Mr. Milter, 


Mr. 


F-tcJ, 






Mr. Sficer, 


Mr. 


Smith, 






Mr. Yard. 


Mr. 


Pa ./on, 









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Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. IW</ and himfelf had delivered the Mef- 
fage with them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe adjourned till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 
1 bur {day, April 13, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for rendering the Office of recording Deeds, and 
other Conveyances, more extenfive and b.nejicial to the Inhabitants of this Colony, 
and for recording Mortgages ; was read the lecond Time ; and on the Qiclf.1011 
whether the faid Bill be engroffed or not ? it puffed as follows : 

NAYS. 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Nevi/A 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr t Stoles, 
Mr. Middagti 

Ordered, 
That the faid Bill be engroffed. 

The Memorial of Thomas Eaton, was prefented to the Houfe ; fetting forth, 
that at the Time when the Jer/ey Regiment was at Fort IVi Hi am- Henry, he 
had upwards of Fifty Pounds due to him from the Soldiers, and that he pro- 
cured lb much lefs to pay the Officers and Soldiers their Month's P^y, which 
Som he has loft : His o'her Loffes there, in Cloaths, and other Neccffaries, 
a.e about fT. 70, or £. 80, more : That he, by Order of fome of the Com- 
mittee of the Houfe, came to attend the Houfe laft Wednejday Week, and has 
fince that Time been waiting their Order ; and in the Time had a Writ ferved 
on him, and apprehends the Houfe is concerned in thelffue-, and dt fires the com- 
mon Protection of the Houfe, as is ulual in luch Cafes : And apprehends, if there 
is any Caufe of Action, it fhould be decided in Ea/l-Jer/ey, as the Act was 
commuted there ; and prays that the Houfe will take his Loffcs and other 
Grievances into Confideration j which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Mt ffage from the Council by M;\ Afjfield, acquainting the Houfe, that 
they had puffed the Bill for building Barracks within this Colony ; and jor 
preventing fpiritous Liquors being Jold to common Soldiers,- tiff, without 
Amendment. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, April 14, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Act for rendering the Office of recording 
r>"pds. and other Conveyances, more extenfive and beneficial to the Inhabitants of 
this Colony, and for recording Mortgages ; was read and compared ; and on the 
Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pals or not? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

G Ordered, 



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■Ordered, 
That VIr. Smith and Mr. Ogden do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 

Concurrence. 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Ogden and himfelf delivered ihe Bill with 
them entrufted, to Mr, Afifield, one of the Gentlemen of the Council, the 
Council not fitting-. 

The Memorials of Captain John Parker, and Thomas Eaton, were read the 
fecond Time, and referred. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Ajhfield. 
' Ordered^ 

' That Mr. Kemble, Mr. Salter, and Mr. Woodruff, or any two of them, 
' be a Committee to join the Committee of the Houfe of AfLmbly, to infp^ct 
1 the Weftern Treafurer's Accounts, and burn the cancelled Money in his 
■ Hands, and make Report thereof to this Houfe ; and that the Committee meet 
* tor that Puipofe To-morrow Afternoon, at Four o'Clock, at the Treaturcr's 
< Houfe." 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for the Settlement and Relief of the Poor-, was 
read the kcond Time ; and on the Queftion, whether the laid Bill be engroffed 
or not? it p..ifed in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the laid Bill be engroffed. 

Orderei„ 
That Mr. Ogden have Leave to be abfent, on extraordinary Occalions. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning. 

Saturday, April 15, 1758.. 
The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from the Prefuient by Mr. Secretary ; 

Mr. Speaker, his Honour the President it in the CoHncii Chamfer, and re- 
quires the Attendance of the Houji immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, -,tind with the Houfe, waited on his 
Honour the Prefident : And being returned, Mr .-''Speaker refumed the Chair, 
and reported, that his Honour was pleated to pais the Bil'l, entijJbrJ, An Ad 
jor building of Barracks within this Colony, &c. 

On a Motion made 5 _ . , 

Rejolved, 

That it is the Opinion of this Houfe, that, if the Commiffioners allow the 
Lieutenants and Enfigns belofigtaSg- to the Regiment of this Colony, bj£ter 
Cloaths than the common Soldiers, it will be allow'd in their Accounts. 

Refolded, > '".1 J;/'! . - tfe "*- 

That if the faid Commiffioners allow the Officers meJy€)Tefit§, x k c Y W& .. 
be allow'd in their Accounts. / 1 ~v ' 

Rcfolved, 
That if the faid Commiffioners provide Sixty great Coats for the faid Regi- 
ment, they will be allowed in their Accounts. 

1 Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That ail Perfons concerned in laying out the Money of the late Expedition, 
lay their Accounts before the Houfe, on the fourth D<y of their next Sitting at 
Burlington, or they will be fent for by the Serjeant at Arms. 

Mr. Smith from the Committee appointed to draw the Draught of an Ad- 
drefs to the President, reported, that ihev had d~awn ..he fame ; which be- 
ing read, was agreed to by the Houle, Nemine Contrad.cente, and ordered to 
->- be engrofTed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday next, Two, P. M. 

Monday, April \j, 175". 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Spicer laid his and Mr. F.Jlier's Accounts and Vouchers before the 
Houfe ; which are left in the Care or the Clei k, until next Sating ©f the Houfe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning 
Tuefday, April, iS, \$ffi. 

The Houfe met. 

An Affidavit of Col. John Parker, was laid before the Houfe, refpecYng 
his providing Shirts, Is-c. for his Regiment, without any View of Profit to 
himfclf, which was read, and referred to the next Sitting of the Houfe. 

A Meffige from the Prefident by the Deputy Secretary, which with the 
Letter therein referred to, was read, and the Menage is in the Words following. 

" Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

c ~T* H E Secretary lays before you, a fee ->nd Letter from Sir John St. Clair, 

* *■ reflecting your providing H irfes for the fpeedy Conveyance .of the 
' publick Difpatches : I fliould be glad that you could fall upon tfbni- Method, 
1 th.-.t fo neceiTdryand fo important a Service might not meet wuh any Qb- 

* ftruction. 

Bit'linv'on, Council -Chamber. 

%lx%, . 7S s. JOHN READING. 

Ordered, 
That his Honour'* Meflige have a fecond Reading. 

A Pe>ieo3 was/.p/efented to the Houfe, from the Precinct of SadJ'e-Rivr, 
%pii .County "oi^SergeH, letting forth, that fome of .the Iuhabiums of tint 
County ha^e.pi»'nio:ied this Houfe to reject palling An Act (or bu tiding , and 
qitiintaining ! ever-fit Bridges over Hackinia.ck and Saddle-River, and Cau ways 
over Swamg{ Q3UJ&P -Meadow Grounds, &cc. pray ng for .the Rcul^cu, chere- 
* n "a°Ji -~'~~ J, l °^ ^ ^ ^ Petition be ditmilTrd, and that they .ijUy hive 
a for that, Purpofe ; which was read, and ordjeced a oecond Reading. 

..;. .The- -Houle adjourn'd till Two, . P. M. 






:■■■. ~ ■--,.: < ;V The Houfe met.' ' 

^he .en^ou^^adVers was read, and compared, 
Ordered -.,\ ..„,.-. 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer and M r . Read do wait on his Honour the Prcfident, 
and defire to know, when he will be pleafed to receive the Addrefs of the 
Houfe. 

Mr. Spicer reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf delivered the Meffige 
with them entrusted, to his Honour the Pixfidem, who was pleafed to lay, 
he would receive the Houfe immediately, 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, an:! with the Hiufe went to 
wait on his Honour ; and being returned, Mr Speaker refumed the Clui r , and 
reported, that the Houfe had waited on his Honour, and prefented their Ad- 
drefs in the Words f blowing. 

To the Honourable John Reading, E r q; Trrfident of his Majeflfs Council, 
a?id Commander in Chief of the Colony oj Nevv-Jcrfcy. 

The humble Addrefs of the Reprefentatives of the Colony oj New- Jerfey, in 

General Ajjimbty conieucd. 

May it pleafe your Honour; 

IT E the Reprefentatives of the Colony of New Jerfey, in General Affcmbly 
convened, gratefully fenfible of his Majefly's paternal Care over his Do- 
minions in North- America, think our/elves bound in Duty to ob/erve, that we 
efieem the luflance of it communicated in Secretary Pitt'j Letter, a Proof there- 
of that can ies with it evident Marks of Wijdom in the Planning, and every 
promifing Method in the Execution, that a free People would naturally ex- 
peel ft om an Adtr.iniliration jo de/ervedly fam'd. 

The exacting Obedience to any determinate Propofal, from a People willing 
and df irons to do their utmofi in a Cau/e that fo intimately concerns them, 
wou-.d, in our Opinion, not anfwer the Dtfign, and would effentially vary from 
that cmflitutional Method, which has heretofore for many Generations honoura- 
bly di/linguifljed the Englifh Name. 

Excited by Duty to his Majefly, the Pre fervation of our Country, and the con- 
flitutional Method in which we are called upon to give our Affiflance to the 
common Caufe, and in Confidence of his Majefly's gracious siffurances, we 
have now augmented our Regiment to double the u : ual Numkr ; and tho' 
this will be attended with an extreme heavy Expence to a young Country, alrea- 
dy greatly in Debt, as well thro" the hjf\ cl of former Expeditions and Mif- 
carriages, and the Lo/s of our Reginnnt in two (ucceffive i ampaigffs, as for 
the Purchale and Improvement of our Lands, u-e have the Satis/ all on to Jay, 
we have done our Endeavours with Dilpatch and Alacrity, And wi.en to 
thefe Confid rations are added, the Smai.ne/s of our Trade, and our Number 
of Inhabitants, their fcattering situation and Diftance from Markets, the Ex- 
pence of our Frontiers, and IVinter-Slnartering of the King's Forces, the 
humhers of Inhabitants that are already lifted among the Ttc S -,,i nr ^ and others 
that are gone a Privateering, the large Affiflance other I 'rovinces have ou» 
both in Money a: d Arms, in the lafl of which we have had no Affiflance ; 
your Honour will permit its to fay, we cannot help being ftifprized at jeme un- 
veighbourly Mifreprejentations to the King's Generals, ref'peSling our abilities 
and Numbers. That fuch muft be the Cafe, we think, can want ?io further 
Evidence than the repeated Fault that has been found with our Meafures ; tho' 
upon a fair and juli EJlimate, we doubt not, that we flmtld be found to have 

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done all that we ever gave Expectation of doing ; and upon the Whoh, have 
ajji/led, at lea/l proportionally with our Neighbours, and now are con'cious, that 
we have aSi^d up to his Majefty's Expectation ; not doubting but this will very 
clearly appear to any that will examine particularly into our Circumjlances. 

B 'fore we have done with the Subject of our Regiment, we c i nnot help re- 
marking, that we Jhould have efleemed it both a provincial Favour and i,n Act 
of- Humanity, if the late General of the King's Forces had been kind enough to 
have u.ed his Endeavours for the Releafe of Colonel Schuyler: That Gentle- 
man's Attachment to his M.fejly, and Exertion of his Abilities in the common 
Cau,e, we think deferved this Favour, and the Granting it could have bad no ill 
Effect that we know of. 

With Regard to the Horfes mentioned by Sir Jihn St. Ciair, we doubt not 
but they may he had readily at the Places he wants them, upon their bein? 
paid for as they are on the like Occajions in England. 

The other Matters mentioned in feveral of your Honour s MeJJages, we be- 
lieve are juch as need not now have a particular Anjwer. 

By Order of the Houfe, 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 
Ordered, 
i. That a fecond Volume of the Laws of the Province be prepared for 
the Prefs. 

2. That exact Copies of the Laws in force in this Colony from the 
Twenty-fifth Year of the Reign of King George the Second, where the fi.it 
Volume ends, to the prefent Time, be collated in one Volume. 

3. That each Act be carefully examined and corrected by the Original in 
the Secretary's Office, 

4. That Search be made ( where it fhall be neceffary ) in the Council 
Books, and Journals of the General Affembly, in order to diftinguifh whit 
Ads have had the Royal Affcnt, what are repealed, what are expired, and 
difallowed of by the Crown. 

5. That a Table be compofed, wherein the Titles of all the publick Acts 
paffed within the faid Series of Time, fhall be inferted in their proper Or- 
der, dilf.inguifb.ing therein, ( if temporary ) when the faid A-Ss were revived, 
when repealed, and when expired ; as alfo another Table, wherein the Ti- 
tles of all the private Acts, palled within the faid Series of Time, fhall like- 
wife be inferted in their proper Older. 

6. That all the publick Acts now in force, be diftributed into Chapters, 
each Ail a Chapter, and each Chapter fhall be fub-divided in Sections, and 
numbered. 

7. That the Subftance of each Section be abftracted, and a marginal Note 
made thereof. 

8. That proper References be made from one publick Act to another, 
where the Matter in one Act, may relate to a Head or principal Matter in 
another. 

9. That a complete Index be compiled of all the principal Matters con- 
tained in the Body of the Book, alphabetically digefted, with exact Refe- 
rences to each Matter in every Act and Section ; fo that the Reader may at 
one View difcover any particular Matter in the whole Body of the Laws. 

10. That a complete Copy of the whole Work, be prepared and made 
ready for the Prefs by Samuel Nevill, Efq; and laid before the General Affem- 
bly, for their Revifal and Approbation, as foon as conveniently may be. 

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The Petitions from Salem and Woodbury, praying for the flopping and clean- 
ing the Creeks they mention ; was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That the Petitionerfhave Leave to bring in the Bills they pray for, the firft 
Monday of the next Sitting of the Houfe at Burlington ; provided it appears, 
that their feveral Opponents, if any fuch they have, be informed thereof, by 
an Advei tilement in the Pennfyhania Gazette, at leaft two Weeks before fa id 
Time, that they may then make known any Objections they have. 

On a Motion made, 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Smith and Mr. Stevens do wait on the Prefident, and acquaint 
him, that fame Maters being likely to prevent the Houfe from ^oin«- through 
the publick Bufinefs which they intended at this Sefiion ; they therefore believe 
it neceflary to break off for fome Time ; and would defire his Honour to ad- 
journ the Houfe, to meet again the next Time .at Burlington, (.he Small pox 
being at Amboy) to go through the remaining Part'of the publick Bafinefs. 

Mr. Smith reported, that M\ Stevens and himfclf, delivered the MefTuge 
with them entrusted, to the Prefident. 

A Meffage from the Prefident, by the Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker, 'tis his Honour's Defire, that this Houfe adjourn till the fifl 
Day of May next, then to meet at Burlington. 

Whereupon the Houfe adjourned itfelf accordingly, to the firft Day of May 
next, then to meet at Burlington. ' «"* 

The BILLS pa fled into Laws at this Seflion ; are, 

I. An ACT for fupplying Col. Peter Schuyler, with the Sum of Six 

Thoufand Pounds. 
II. An ACT. for augmenting the Regiment of this Colony o/New-Jerfev, to 
the Number of One Thoufand effective Men, Officers included, and making 
Provi/ion for the fame. 
III. An ACT for building of Barracks within this Colony ; and preventing 
Spiritous Liquors being fold to common Soldiers, without Leave Jro/n pro- 
per Authority j a/id other Purpofes therein mentioned. 



T> Y Virtue of an Order of the Fojfe of General 
AfTembiy, I do appoint James Tarter, o[ 
Woodbridge, to print thefe Votes. ..? 

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Votes of the General AJfembly. 

BURLINGTON, Tuefday, July 25, 1758. 

THE General Affembly having been adjourn'd from time to time, by his 
Honour the late President, and fince by his Excellency Francis Bernard^ 
Efq; Caprain General and Governor in Chief of this Colony, to this Day, 
when Eighteen of the Members met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Stevens do wait on his Excellency, and inform 
him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed on Bufinefs are met. 

Mr. Nevill reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf performed the Order of 
the Houfe ; and that his Excellency was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhould hear 
from him To-morrow Morning. 

Mr. Speaker laid before the Houfe a Letter from Richard Bradbury, Efq ; 
requefting, from his long Indifpofition of Body, and the Likelihood of its 
Continuance, to refign his Seat in the Houfe ; which was read, and ordered 
a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourned till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 
Wednefday, 'July 26, 1758. 

The Koufe met. 

Mr. Speaker laid before the Houfe two Letters he had received from Col. 
John John/ion, relpecting the State of the New-Jerfey Regiment under his 
Command ; which were read, and referred to the Commiffioners appointed 
to provide for faid Regiment. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker, bis Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the At- 
tendance of this Houje immediately. 

Mr. Speaker then left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait upon his 
Excellency : Being returned, M '. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, 
that the Houfe had attended his Excellency ; and that he was pleafed to nuke 
a favourable Speech to the Council and Affembly •, of which Mr. Speaker faid 
he had, to prevent Miftakes, obtained a Copy. 
Ordered, 

That his Excellency's Speech be read : Which was read accordingly, and is 
as follows : 

• Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

c T_J A V I N G received his Majefty's Commands to ferve him in this high 
' *■ - 1 Office, I reflect with great Pleafure, that I am to prefide over a Pro- 
£ vince that has given repeated Proofs of its Loyalty to the King, and AfTeclion 
' to his Peifon and Government ; and promife myfelf, that whilft I am endea- 
' vouring to follow the Example of my great Mafter, by making the Welfare 
' of his Subje&s the iole Object of my Care, I (hall receive from you all the 
' ^fliftance which a grateful People can give to the Government of the beft of 
• Kings. 

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' The Excellence of the Englijh Conftitution confifts in a due Ballance of its 

• feveral Powers : For my Part, I cannot more certainly recommend myfelf to 

• my Royal Marter, than by preferving the Rights and Privileges of his 
« People ; nor can you more effectually ferve the People, than by fupporting 
« the Power and Authority of the Crown. 

*■ Under fuch an Union, eftablimed in and directed by the known Laws of 
i ' our Country, I hope we (hall be able to fupport and defend this Province in 
' the Time of Danger, and to cultivate and adorn it, when it fhall pleafe God 
' to grant us Peace. 

' Upon my Arrival here, I found the Frontiers of this Province infefted with 

• Indians. As the Prefident had before ordered fome Detachments of Militia 
' to reinfore the Frontier Guard, I, with the Advice of you, Gentlemen of tie 
1 Council, ordered a further Reinforcement, but with a very {paring Hand, 
' being apprifed of the Inconvenience it muft be to the Country, to order Men 
1 from their Bufinefs at that Time of the Year. I have fince relieved thoi'e 
' that were firft ordered, by frefh Detachments from other Regiments, that I 
' might make this neceffary Service as little burthenfome to Particulars as 
' poliible. 

' As foon as I had taken care of this neceffary Bufinefs, I went to Philadelphia, 
' at the Defire of General Forbes, and the Lieutenant Governor of that Province, 
' to confer with them, concerning the beft Means of putting a Stop to thele 
' Irruptions, and preventing them for the future. With their Advice, and 
c the Approbation of all the principal Perfons of this Province, that I had 
' an Opportunity of confulting, I fent a Meffage to the Minifmk and Pompton 
1 Indians. Which Meffage, together with their Anfwer, fhall be laid before 
' you. 

* Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

c I recommend to you to provide for the Expences already incurred in the 
£ feveral Bufineffes which I have before mentioned ; and that in eftimating the 
' Compenfation to be made to thofe of the Militia, who have ferved in the 
« Room of the eftablifhed Forces, you will have Regard to the Time of Year 

• in which they were obliged to march. But I am efpecially bound moll 
' earneflly to defire, that you would effectually provide for the Defence of the 
1 Frontiers for the Future. Many of the Enemies you have to deal with are 
i not known, or, if known, at a great Diftance from you, and if we can 
1 depend upon thofe with whom we cultivate Peace, there will yet remain 
1 many whofe favage Natures no Ads of Friendship or Benevolence can civilife 
c and reclaim : You muft therefore, at all Events, and at all Times, confider 
1 your Frontier to be in a State of War. And as it is the fingular Happinefs 
' of this Province, that it is able to form an impaffable Barrier ogainft the 
' common Enemy, neglect not this Advantage, but eftabliih Peace and Security 
' on your Borders ; and you will, by the Encreafe of the Strength and Wealth 
' of the Province, which will neceffarily follow, be amply repaid for the 
' Charge of defending it. 

1 Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the General Afjembh, 

1 I come among you with a Heart intirely devoted to the Service of this 

• Country ; the Care of which muft now become my fole Bufinefs : And I 
1 truft, that my Afiiduity and Integrity will mod properly recommend me to 
' your good Opinion. Until they are better known to you than they can be 

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1 at prefent, I mud defire you to give me Credit for that Confidence, which 
1 will be neceffary to enable me to exert myfelf to the beft Purpofes of your 
c Service. And may the Great God, on whom we muft all depend for Succefs 
' in our Undertakings, fo direct our Councils, that they may be moft con- 
1 ducive to that Supreme of all Laws the Publick Safety. 

FRA. BERNARD. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from Princetown, and Parts nearly adjacent, praying for the 
Reafons therein mentioned, that Barracks might be built in the faid Town ; 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time, and committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe 
to confider his Excellency's Speech : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Matter to them 
referred, and come to a Refolution, that an humble Addrefs be prefented to his 
Excellency, in Anfwer to his Speech ; and defired Leave to fit again. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Smith, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Read, Mr. Stevens and Mr. Ogde?i, be a 
Committee to prepare a Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 

Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe, the feveral Papers mentioned in his 
Excellency's Speech ; which were read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 
The Houf; adjourn'd till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Thurfday, July zy, 1758. 
The Houfe met. 

Mr. Smith from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, reported, that 
they had prepared a Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency, which he was 
ready to deliver, when the Houfe would pleafe to receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Addrefs be received immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Smith reported the Draught of faid Addrefs ; which was 
twice read, and fome Amendments made thereto in the Houfe ; The fame as 
amended was agreed to, and ordered to beengroffed. 

The engroffed Addrefs was read and compared. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. Smith and Mr. Spicer do wait on his Excellency* and defire to 

know when he will be pleafed to be waited on by the Houfe with the Addrefs. 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Spicer and himfelf, delivered the Meffagc 

with them entrufted to his Excellency, who was pleas'd to fay, the Houfe 

fhould hear from him prefently. 

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A Meffage from his Excellency, by the Deputy Secretary. 

Mr. speaker, his Excellency is in the Council Chamber, ready to receive the 
Addrefs of the Houfe. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait 
on his Excellency, and prefented the Addrefs, in the Words, following : 

To His Excellency Francis Bernard, Efq-, Captain General and Governor 
in Chief in and over His Majefiy's Province of New-Jerfey, and Terri- 
tories thereon depending in America, Chancellor, and Vice- Admiral of the 
fame, &c. 

May it pleafe your Excellency ; 

LT/E, His Majefiy's dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentatives of the 
Colo?iy of New-Jerfey, in General Afjembly convened, beg Leave to 
congratulate your Excellency on your Jafe Arrival with your Lady and Family : 
yhid in the Name of the Inhabitants of this Province, do give the Whole a 
hearty Welcome. 

Among many recent Proofs of parental Regard, which the Provinces of 
North- America have received from His Majejly, the Appointment of your 
Excellency to be our Governor, in this Time of common Difficulty, is a Part 
which very much pleafes fuch among us, as have had an Opportunity of your 
Acquaintance, 

Were your Excellency's perfonal Qualifications unknown, and you a Stranger, 
yet your Appointment to that Honourable Station, fmce the late glorious Revival 
of Bi itifh IVifdom and Spirit, would have been an effectual Recoir.mendation to 
our Confidence, a Part wherein we can very readily credit your Excellency : But 
at the fame Time mujl beg a mutual Riturn, and hope for the Continuance of 
your favourable Sentiments. 

As the little Time you have [pent among us, has given us an Opportunity 
to form rational Prepoffeffions in your Excellency 's Favour ; permit us to fay, 
that as far as thofe may be allow' d the Tefl of Futwity, the united Calls of 
Gratitude and Duty oblige us on this Occafion, to every refpeflfid Acknowledg- 
ment f that a free People can pay to a gracious Sovereign. As fuch, we fhall 
take the feveral Matters recommended by your Excellency into immediate 
Conft deration, and do therein as we fhall apprehend may mojl conduce to that 
Supreme of all Laws, the Publick Safety. 

By Order of the Houfe, 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, Speaker. 

To which Addrefs, his Excellency was pleafed to make the following Anfwer ; 

{ Gentlemen, 
1 T Heartily thank you for this kind and affectionate Addrefs j wherein you 
' give fuch earneffc ExprefTions of your Duty and Gratitude to his Majefty, 

* and your favourable Opinion of me his Servant. From thefe happy Aufpices, 
' I promife myfelf, that a firm and lafting Harmony will be eftablifhed among 
' us, that will be productive of the beft Confequences to the common Weal of 

• this Province.' 

FRA. BERNARD. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

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The Houfe met. 

The Petition from the Inhabitants of Princetown, and Parts nearly adjacent, 
was read the fecond Time. And on the Queftion, 
Refohed, 
That this Houfe doth not agree to the Propofal of building Barracks in 

Princetown. 

Re/ohed, 
That this Houfe will hereafter, take into Confederation fuch Meafures as 
may bed relieve Perfons unequally burthen'd with marching Parties of the 
King's Soldiers. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. AW//, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Tard, Mr. Clement, and Mr. Stokes, 
or any three of them, be a Committee, to join a Committee of the Council, to 
inlpcct the Weitern Treafurer's Accounts, and burn the cancelled Money in 
his Hands, and make Report to the Houfe. And that Mr. Vreeland and Mr. 
Middasrh do afo rn the Council thereof, and delire the Council to appoint a 
Committee for that Purpofe, and Time and Place of meeting. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Hezekiab Dunn, Captain of a 
Company of Rangers, and feveral of his Company, lately in the Pay of this 
Province, praying for fome Allowance for the Time they fpent in returning 
home at'.er they were difcharged from the Service ; and alfo for fome Allow- 
ance to be made to the Men that were taken with the Small-pox, and were at 
a confiderable Ex-pence before they returned home ; which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from the Juftices, Freeholders, AfTeffors, and Collectors of the 
County of Suffex, was read, fetting forth the great Harfhips and Difficulties 
they vie prefenc labour under ; 

i ft. .That no Fine is laid on the Juftices and Freeholders to meet at the 
Times appointed j by Reafon of fuch Neglect they could not do their Bufi- 
nefs. 

2d. That by the Act paffed for finking the Sum of Fifteen thoufand three 
hundred two Pounds and Four-pence, the County of Morris was to pay 
yea ly Eighty-five Pounds and three-pence Halfpenny ; and afterwards the 
faid County of Suffex was taken off the faid County 'of Morris, and erected 
into a feparate County ; and the faid County of Stiff 'ex, by the fame Act, was 
to join the faid County of Morris, to pay the abovefaid Quota as before faid 
Divifion was made ; and the Time appointed for the AfTeffors to meet by faid 
Act ; and other Acts have been paffed fince the Divifion of faid Counties, 
which requires the faid AfTeffors of Suffex County, to meet in faid Suffex 
County, which happens to be the fame Day that they are to meet with Mor- 
ris County AfTeffors, which they complain is unpoffible for them to do j and 
pray, that it may be ordered, that the AfTeffors of Morris and Sufex may meet 
and divide their Quotas yet to pay of faid Tax, according to the Value of each 
County, and each pay their refpective Quotas to their own Collectors ; and 
further crave, that the Meeting of their AfTeffors fhall be where their Courts 
are kept. 

3d. That by the prefent War, and other Calamities in. faid County, they 
cannot think it proper to fix on any Place yet to build a Court-Houfe j and 

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defire the Place of holding their Courts may be continued at Thomas Wooher- 
ton's, where it is now held, till otherwife ordered by Ad of Affembly. 

4th. That by the Complaint of the Sheriff, their Goal is inefficient, and 
no Houfe for the Goaler to live in: Which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Another Petition fiom the faid County of Suffex, was prefented to the Houfe, 
letting forth, that the Inhabitants are frequently obliged to go on Alarms, to 
guard and range the Woods • which they have chearfully done : That their 
Frontier has been left almoft deftitute of Inhabitants : That fundry of them 
has been obliged to build Forts for their Defence, or Numbers more would 
have retreated : That Numbers of the Indians are fuppofed to be killed and 
wounded by their Scouts, and two Indian Scalps got : All which they have 
done without the lea ft Reward ; by which Reafon they are much impoverish- 
ed , and obliged to leave their Labour often ; befides the Lofs they have re- 
ceived from the Enemy's plundering ; and acknowledging the Favours they 
have received by the Affiftance granted them 5 pray the like Provision may 
be made to pay their Militia, as hath been provided for the Militia of other 
Counties that had gone to their Affiftance : And further pray, that the A (ft of 
Affembly for difcharging the Prifoners on Civil Adtions in faid County, may be 
revived, &c. Which was read, and order'd a fecond Reading. 

The Petition of Daniel Price and Richard Barns, now confined in the Goal 
of the County of Middlefex, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth their 
diftreffed Circumft.ances, and praying Relief; which was read, and ordered a 
fecond Reading. 

A Petition of Robert Ifeljline, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth, that 
one John Warren was taken Prifoner at O/wego, and returned laft Fall into this 
Province, from his Captivity among the French : That the faid Warren being 
deftitute of any Support, out of Compaffion, was taken Care cf \y the Peti- 
tioner, in a long and tedious Sicknefs, of which he died, which was verv ex- 
penfive to the Petitioner ; and therefore prayeth Relief in the Premiies; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition of Robert Sproul, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth, that 
feveral Soldiers who were taken Prifoners at O/ivego, and returned laft Fall 
from their Captivity, were kept and dieted by Elizabeth Rattoon, then a Wid- 
dow, but now the Wife of the Petitioner ; therefore praying, that a reason- 
able Allowance be made for the keeping the faid Soldiers ; which was lead, 
and order'd a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourned till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, July 28, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe being informed, that Captain Nathaniel Rufco attended at the 
Door, he was called in, and delivered a Memorial, fetting forth the Hard- 
ships he had fuffered in his late Captivity among the French, and the Difficul- 
ties it had involv'd his Family Affairs into, and praying the HouSe would al- 
low his Accounts ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Spicer, one of the Committee of Correfpondence, laid before the Houfe 
fundry Copies of Letters, dsV. from the Agent ; which were read. 

According 



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According to the Order of the Day, Samuel Nev.'ll, John WetberilJ, Aaron 
Learning, Jacob Spicer, and Jacob Dehart, Eiquires, Lid their refpedtive ac- 
counts before the Houfe ; which were referred 10 the Committee appointed to 
fettle the Commiffioners Accounts. 

A MefTage from the Council, by Mr. AJl.jiclJ, in the Words following : 
' Ordered, 

1 That Mr. Kemble, Mr. Salter, and Mr. /fjfjfield, or any two of them, be 
' a Committee to join the Committee of the Houfe of Affembly, to 'nipeCt the 
' Weflern Treafurer's Accounts, and burn the cancelled Money in his HLnds, 
' and make Report thereof to this Houle ; and that the Committees for that 
• Purpofe do meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, at the Treafurei's 
' Houfe.' 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o'Clock To morrow Morning. 

Saturday, July 29, 175$. 

The Houfe met. 

John Allen, Efq; and Minne Fijher, laid their refpe&ive Accounts befo re 
the Houfe, and they weie referred to the Committee appointed to fettle 
publick Accounts. 

A Petiton of fundry Inhabitants of the County of Cape- May, was prefented 
to the Houfe, fetting forth, that a Bridge from a Place called the Faft-Landing 
fituate in the upper Precinct of the faid County, acrofs Cedar-Swamp Creek 
and Caufeway, from thence through the Marlh of Jo;eph Corjen and lfaac 
Banners, to the moft convenient Place on Lililewortb, would be of publick 
Utility j and praying the fame may be erected, and made a Toll-Badge j 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Mtffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary ; which, with the Papers 
therein mentioned, were read ; and the Meffage is in the Words following j 

c Gentlemen t 

' If Hereby lay before you a Petition of the Inhabitants of the Frontiers ; the 
« *■ Contents of which I earneftly recommend to you : Alfo a Propofal for the 

* Defence of the Frontiers, by an Inhabitant thereof. I alfo lay before you, the 
1 Refult of fome Enquiries I have made concerning the Defence of the Frontiers, 

* together with a Map explaining the fame; and acquaint you, that I have 
c directed, that Ca^t. Gardiner and Mr. Hampton fhall flay in Town, to be 
« ready to give you any further Information that you fhall want. I muft alfo 
« inform you, that, in Consideration of the part Services of Captain Gardiner , 
' Commander in Chief of the Frontier Guard, and the Importance of the Com- 

* mand with which I propofe, with your Afliftance, to inveft him, I am de- 

* firous to confer on him the Rank of a Major, and recommend to you, to ap- 

* point him fuch a Pay as fhall enable me fo to do.' 

FRA. BERNARD. 
C I Ordered 

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Ordered, 

That his Excellency's MefTige, with the feveral Papers therein referred to, 
be read a fecond Th..e. 

The I oufe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Koufe to further 
consider his Ex ellencyV Speech, and Matters therein referred : After lbme 
Time (pent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, 
Chairman of thle Committee, leportejd, that/the Committee had made forne 
further Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and had come to fundry Re- 
folutiqns ; which he was ready to report, when the Houfe would pleafe to re- 
ceive the fame. 
Ordered, 
That the R< port be made immediately. 
Whereupon l\h .Hancock reported the Refutations of the Committee, as follows, 
Rejphed, 
That a Committee be appointed, to bring in a Bill for the Support of 
Government. 

R clved, 
it a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill for the further Defence of 
the F: >n tiers of this Colon. : And defired Leave to fit again. 
To which Refutations the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr Ncvill, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. \ - tgland, and Mr. 
Vreeland, hz a Committee to bring in a. Bill for Support of U tyermnent. 

Gr u r .'', 

That Mr. Read, Mr. Spicer, Mr. Tijher, Mr. Yard, and Mr. Holmes, be a 
Committee to bring in a Bill for the further Defence of the Frontiers of this 

Colony. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o' Clock. \ Monday Morning. 
Monday, July 31, 1758. 

1 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Uou f e met. 

Col. Peter Scl », by the H.;::ds of David Ogden, Efqj laid his Accounts 
before the Ho e, . . 

1 t. His ( i* with the Colony, containing four Sheets. 

2d. An A count . feveral Payments to th Soldiers. 

3d, and 4th. '.'• "Accounts of the me o c the 3 >eath of the Sol- 

. 

Elizabeth injky, Widow and Rd! of William 

■. , fetting forth, that the fai Jam Anftey exe- 

j lice of fbis, Colony, Gpm the 21ft Day of Decem- 

, mtil l cth i. of "tlii Inftrnt July, when he departed this 

L oay have a proper Allowauci S ;es : Which 

, - d d . lecon.i Reading. 

amud Hedge and S / M 'cm, were presented to the 
fettii h, ;h„t mcvh.d read rtuement in the Pubiick 

hem, that the Petitioners of Manlngton t in t' . County of 

balem, 



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Salem, have Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Banking out the Tide of a certain 
Piece of Marfh on Manington and Salem Creek : That the Petitioners own 
about 245 Acres of Marfh within the propofed Bank, the including thereof, 
they conceive, t would be greatly to their Prejudice ; they therefore crave, that 
if the Houfe fhould pafs the Bill prayed for, that a Claufe may be inferted. 
therein, to exclude the Marfh belonging to them : Which was read, and 
ordered a feccnd Reading. 

The Houfe being informed, that 'John Goojling, one of the Petitioners of 
Manington, in the County of Salem, for banking faid Marfh, was attending, 
he was called in ; the Houfe having heard his Allegations, and confidered the 
Petitions of the Parties againft making laid Bank j 
Ordered, 

That Samuel Mafon come and fupport the feveral Allegations fet fo th in his 
Petition, on Monday next, by Twelve of the Clock of tie Forenoon, or other- 
wife the Petitioners will have Leave to bring in the Bill they p r ay for (le,a\ g 
out Samuel Hedges' Marfh,) and that the Clerk deliver a Copy of this Minute 
to John Goojling, to deliver to the faid Samuel Mafon, as foon as conveniently 
may be, and return to the Houfe an Affidavit of fuch Delivery. 

Mr. Neiiill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a 
Bill for the Support of Government ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Mr. Read, from the Committee for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill for the 
further Defence of the Frontiers of the Colony of New-Jerjey j which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

According to the Oder of the Dav, the Perfons petitioning for and againft 
the opening of IVoodbury Creek, and confirming the Dam erecfed there, arter- 
ding, were called in, and feverally heard : And on the Queftion, whether the 
Prayer of the Petition, as it now ftands, be allowed or not ? it was carried in 
the Negative. 

Re/olved, , 

That if the Parties concerned will mutually confent, that the Damages occa- 
fioned by ere&ing faid Dam, be affeifed'by indifferent Perfons, mutually agreed 
to, and paid to the Pe fons injured by the Dam erected, that they be allowed 
to bring in the Bill, purfuant to the Prayer of the Petition. 

A Memorial from IVilliam Morris, Efq; firft Judge of the County of Hun- 
terdon, fetting fort!) focie Reafons again!! the faid County's being divided, as 
prayed for by the Petitions for that Purpofe now before the Houfe ; which 
was read, and the Confederation thereof referred, till that Matter has a pub- 
lick Hearing. 

The Houfe adjourned till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. - 
Tuefday, Augufl 1, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petition from the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Common Council 
of the City of Perth- Amboy ; as alfo of the Church- Wardens and Veft. ymen of 
the Parifh Church of the faid City, letting forth their Defire of build fag a proper 
Houfe for the Reception of the Council and General Affembly ; and alfo tor hs 
Repairing the Church in faid City; and other neceffary publick Services 5 but 1 

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they have no publick Funds to accomplifh the aforefaid good Purpofes ; and* 
therefore, praving Leave to bring in a Bill to enable them to raife a certain 
Sum ut Money, by Way of Lottery, under fuch Reftrictions and Regulations 
as to the Houie ihall feem meet, for erecting and finifhing the faid publick 
Edifices ; was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Commiffioners appointed by Law, to build Barracks for quartering 
Soldiers in feveral Parts ot ihis Piovince, having acquainted the Houfe, that 
the Sum of Money already appropriated for thit Purpofe, was not fufficient to 
finifh the f,ud Barracks, and to provide the Neceffaries ordered by Law for 
the faid Soldiers. 
Ordered, 

That further Provifion be made for that Purpofe j and that a Claufe be in- 
ferted in the Bill ordered to be brought in for the better Defence of the Fion- 
tiers,- agreeable theieto. 

The Petition of Catherine Blanchard, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting 
forth, that her Hufband was a private Soldier In Col. Schuyler's Regiment of 
this Province, had been taken at O/wego, and was returned out of Captivity, 
and had fince enliiled into the King'b Service, before the Ad was paffed for the 
Soldiers to join the Regiment ; and therefore praying for the Arrearages of Pay 
due to her laid Hufband, Cfc. was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition' from ' Jofeph Borden, jun. and Jofeph Hancock, Owners of the 
S:;'ge Waggons, palling and repaffing between Burlington and Bordentoivn, 
and Perth- Amboy, complaining, that after the Petitioners had been at a great 
Expence in fetting up and eftablifhing the faid Stages for conveying of PafTengers 
and Goods, between Ncw-Tork and Philadelphia, they are much annoyed by 
other Boatmen and Waggoners interfering in the faid B'ffinefs, which was pro- 
ductive of Quarrels, and great DifTatisfaction to fober People ; and therefore, 
humbly praying the Houfe will be pleafed to take the fame into Confideration, 
and grant them an Act of Aflembly, for their Protection in carrying on faid 
Bufinefs, under fuch Regulations as the Houfe thinks proper; which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on the Bill 
for Support of Government, &c. And after fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker relumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, 
reported, that the Committee had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them 
referred ; and defired Leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

TheengrofTed Bill, entitled, An Act /or the Settlement and Relief of the 
Poor ; was read and compared : And on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill 
do pafs or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Refolved) 
That the laid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Nevill and Mr. Ladd do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

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The Houfe refolved itfelfintoa Committee of the whole Houfe, on the Bill 
for Support of Government, &c. After fomeTime fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
refumed the Chair j and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, 
that the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and come to feveral Refo- 
lutions,; which, by Leave, he reported, and delivered in at the Table j* where 
the faid Refolutions being read, were as follows : 

Refolved, ; . ; 

That in and by faid Bill, when patted into a Law, there be paid, 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard, Efq; at the Rate of One Thoufand 
Pounds per Annum, to commence the 1 4th of June laft. And on the Queftion, 
whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not ? it pafTed in the Affirmative. 

NAYS. 
Mr. Holmes, 
who voted for 
£. 800. 



YEAS. 


YEAS. 


Y E AS 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Vreeland, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr Nevill, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. miter, 


Mr. IVetberitt, 


Mr. Smith, 


Mr. Learning, 


Mr Ogden, 


Mr. Puxron, 


Mr.Spicer, 


Mr. Fijher, 


Mr. St ties, 


Mr. Yard, 


Mr. Hoogland, 


Mr. tadd. 


Mr. Middagb. 


Mr. Vangtfon, 


Mr. CUmcnt, 





YEAS. 


YEAS. 


YEAS, 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Smith, 


Mr. Miller, 


Mr. Ne-vill, 


Mr, La da. 


Mr. Learnings 


Mr. Ogtlen, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. Spicer, 


Mr. Fijhir, 


Mr. Pax/on, 


Mr. Yard, 


Mr. Vreeland, 


Mr. Stokes, 


Mr. Middagh. 


Mr. Read, 


' 





To Samuel Nevill, Efq; Second Juftice of the Supreme Court, Twenty-Jive 
Pounds per Annum. . , 

To Richard Salter, Efq; Third Juftice of the Supreme Court, Twenty-five 
Pounds per Annum. 

To Cortland Skinner, Efq; Attorney-General of this Colony, Thirty Pounds 
fer Annum., 

On the Queftion, it pafTed in the Affirmative. 

For £. 20. 

Mr. Wetherill, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Hoogland, 
Mr. Vangefon, 
Mr. Clement. 

To Andrew Johnjlon and Samuel Smith, Efquires, Treafurers of this Colony, 
each Forty-pounds per Annum. 

To Charles Read, , Efq; Cleric of the Council, Thirty pounds per Annum. 

To Richard Partridge, Efq ; Agent of this Colony, at the Court of Great- 
Britain, Eighty pounds per Annum. 

To John Smith, Efq; Clerk of the Circuits of this Colony, Twenty pounds 
per -Annum. , --,.-■ 

To the Door-keeper of the Council, Ten pounds per Annum. . 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard, Efq; Sixty pounds per Annum, for 
Houfe Rent, provided he makes Amboyov Burlington the Place of his Refidence. 

To the Chief Juftice, or any one of the Juftices of the Supreme Court, for 
attending Circuit Courts of Oyer and Terminer, in Manner prefcribed by faid 
Aft, the Sum oil en pounds each Time. 

Toe,ach of the Council for the Time they refpeftively have attended, or 
fliall attend, at this or any other Sitting of General AfTembly within the Time 
afor.e£ud, Six /hillings per Diem. 

To John Reading, Efq; late Prefident of this Province, for Arrears of his 
Salary, to the Time of the prefent Governor's Arrival, and Houfe Rent, Forty 
feven pounds. 

To Mrs. Elizabeth Aynjley, Widow to William Aynjley, Efq; late Chief Ju- 
ftice of this Province, the Sum of Seventy pounds , in full for her faid Hulband's 
Services. D To 



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. To theCle:ks of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, for their Attendance, the 

Suth pi E{ It 0ijwgs per Diem j.ah'o Four-pence per Sheet, reckoning Ninety 

iiccs , in; entering the Minutes fair in the Book, and copying the 

ilirute'S tor the Printer ; alio to Hugh Hartfarne, one of the Clerks, 

FiJiVfy pounds,, for Pen, Ink and Riper, at this and former Sittings. 

To the* ■Sccreraiy, for Charges attending ExprefTes to this Time, in full of 
his Account, Forty tivo pounds, five fallings and five pence. 

To each of .the Treaiurers of this Colony, fix pence per poa?id for exchanging 
the ragged and torn Bills of Credit-: And to each of the Treafurers, the Sum 
of Fi I teen pounds, for their extraordinary Services. 

To f James } : arker, or any other Printer hereafter appointed, for printing the 
Minutes of the Houfe during the Continuance of this A<3 ; and to the King's 
Printer, for printing the Laws palled at this or any otherSitting, as aforeiaid,fuch 
Sums as Charles Head, FLcndrick Fijher, John John/Ion, Henry Pax/on and John 
Ladd, Efqis, or any two of them, ihall agree to be paid for the faid Services.. 

To the Serjeant at Arms for the time being, who hath or fhall attend the 
H ->uie of Reprefentatives, during the faid Term, Three fallings per Dieni. 

To the Serjeant at Arms for the Time beings who hath or fhall attend the 
Council, as afoidaid^ the Sum of Three fallings per Diem. 

To i he Door-keeper of the Houfe of Reprefentatives for the time being, 
who hath or mill attend, in Manner aforefaid, the Sum of Three fallings and 
fix pence per Diem. 

To Richard Partridge, Efq$ Agent of this Colony, in full of his Account, 
for petty Expences to the 23d of March , 1758, the Sum of Seventy two pounds. 

To Samuel Smith, Efq; to pay for fundry petty Expences for the Ufe of the 
Houfe of Auembly, the Sum oi Four pounds fourteen fallings and one penny. 

To Andrew Johnjlon, Efq; the Sum of Fifteen fallings per Week, to pay 
for. the Ufe of a Room, Firewood and Candles, for the Council, during any 
Sitting within the faid Term. 

To Henry Pax/on, Efq; to pay John Shaw the Sum of Twenty fallings per 
Week, for the Ufe of a Room, Firewood and Candles, for the Houfe of 
General Affembly. 

To each of the Members of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, for their Atten- ' 
dance at this or any other Sitting, during the faid Term, the Sum of Six 
fallings per Diem. 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard, Efq ;■ Governor of this Province, m 
Addition to his Salary for the flfft Year, in Confideration of the extraordinary 
Fxpence attending the Tranfportation of himfelf and Family, in a Time of 
War, the Sum of Five hundred pounds. And on the Queftion, whether the 
Floufe agrees thereto or not ? it palled in the Affirmative, as folio w« : 



YEAS, 


YEAS. 


NAYS, 


NAYS. 




Mr. Si evens, 


Mr. Smith, 


Mr. JVctbcritl, 


Mr. Stokes, 




Mr. NevUl, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Haogland, 


Mr. Clement, 




Mr. Ogiln, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. Learning, 




Mr. Fijhtr. 


Mr. Miller, 


Mr.Vangefon, 


Mr. Spictr, ' 




M r. Vreeland, 


Mr. Tard, 


Mr. i'axlbi, 


Mr. Middagh^ . 




Mr. Read, 






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To all which feveral Sums the Houfe agreed. 
And on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill be engrofs'd or not ? it paffed in 
the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Bill be engroiTed. . 

The Houfe adjourned till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning: 

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Wednefday, Augujl 2, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition of the Reftor, Church-Wardens, and Veftrymen of Trinity* 
Church, zt Newark, refiding at Second-River and New-Barbados Neck, was 
prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth, that they are deftitute of a Church for 
publick Worfhip ; and the Church of Newark being in Arrears, and unfinifhed j 
they therefore pray for Liberty to raife Money, by Way of Lottery, for thofc 
Purpofes ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition of a Number of the Inhabitants of the Townfliip of Reading, iri 
the County of Hunterdon, was prefented to the Houfe, complaining of lome 
ciuel Uiage by a Court-Martial in faid County ; was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Jofeph Holtinfiead, Abraham Hewlings, and yofeph Borden, Efquires, laid. 
their publick Accounts before the Houfe ; which were referred to the Com- 
mittee-appointed to fettle the Commiffioners Accounts. 

Ordered, , • . 

That Mr. Learning be added to the Committee for fettling the Weflern 
Tieafurer's Accounts. 

A Petition of Jane Syer, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth the great 
Damage (he has iuftained by the King's Troops making an Hofpital of her 
Houfe at Perth- Amboy ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A MefTage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, with a Letter from Ge- 
neral Abercrombie, dated June 28, 1758 ; and alfo a- Letter from General 
Staninix, dated July 2, 1758, were read ; and the faid Meffage is in the Words 
following : 

Gentlemen, 
' T Received the Letters from General Abercrombie and General Stanwix, 
4 J which I now lay before you, foon after the Dates they bear ; and accor- 
' dingly fubmit them to your Confideration j as in Anfwer thereto, I pro- 
• mifed I would.' 

FRA. BERNARD. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Meffage, and the Letters therein mentioned, have a 
fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd jtill Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered^ 
That the Eaftern Treafurer lay his Accounts for the Expedition Money, be- 
fore the Houfe To-morrow 5 and that the Clerk ferve him with a Copy of 
this Order. 

The Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Townfliip of Bedminjler y 

in the County of Somer/et, Members of the Lutheran Church, was prelented 

o the Houfe, fetting forth their Defire of raifing Money by Way of Lottery, 

compleat the laid Church they had begun, and are unable to finifh; Which 

read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The 



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The Petition of the Grand Inqneft for the Body of the County of Hunter- 
don, was prefented to the Houfe, fetting forth fome Reafons againft a Petition 
now before the Houfe, for dividing the faid County, and removing the Court j 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

According to the Order of the Day, the Perfons petitioning for and againft 
dividing the County of Hunterdon, and the Removal of the Court, attending, 
were called in; and the Petitions on both Sides read, and the Parties heard, &c. 
The Houfe referred the further Hearing thereof till To-morrow. 

The Houfs adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Thurfday, Auguft 3, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

An Affidavit of Reuben Riggs, one of the Serjeants on the Frontiers of this 
Colony, was laid before the Houfe by Jonathan Hampton, Efqj fetting forth 
the extravagant Rates they are obliged to pay there for Waggons, Horfes, &c. 
which was read, and referred to the Committee on the Bill for the further De- 
fence of the Frontiers of this Colony of New-Jerfey. 

A Petition for running the Lines between the Counties of Burlington and 
Gloucejler ; was read the fecond Time, and referr'd. 

The Petition of Jofeph Borden, jun. and Jofeph Hancock, praying to be in- 
verted with the Rights of the Stage j was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Smith have Leave to bring in a Bill, to inveft the faid Jofeph 
Borden and Jofeph Hancock, and their Affigns, with an excluflve Right to the 
laid Stage, from Burlington and Bordentown, to Neio-Tork and Philadelphia, 
for the Space of Five Years. 

The Petition of Hezekiah Dunn, was read the fecond Time, and ordered to 
lie on the Table. 

The Petitions of Jane Syer, Robert Jfeltine, and Robert Sproull, was read 
the fecond Time, and referred to the next Sitting at Perth- Amboy. 

According to Order, the Eaftern Treafurer laid his Accounts before the 

Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That they lie on the Table for the Perufal of the Members. 

The Petition from Cape-May, for eredling a Toll-Bridge, from the Faft- 
Landing over the Cedar-Swamp Creek ; was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in the Bill they pray for, provided 
it appears, that their feveral Opponents (if any they bave) be informed thereof, 
by Advertifements being affixed at the Houfe of Jacob Spicer, Efq; Town/end's 
Mills, and Mr. Nicholas StilweU's, the Court-Houfe, and Prcibyterian Meeting- 
Houfe, in the faid County. 

The Petition from the City of Perth- Amboy, for raifing Money, by Way 
of Lottery, to ereft publick Buildings, &c. in faid City, was read the fecond 
Time ; and on the Queftion, whether they have the Bill prayed for, or not ? it 

pafe'd in the Negative, as follows ■, 1 . ' - 

YE Ao, 



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YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. NAYS.' 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Laid, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Smith, 

Mr. Ne-vill, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Og^», Mr. Paxfon, 

McWctberill, Mr. Learning, Mx Fijher, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Vreeland, Mr. tyjVfr, Mr. Hoogland, Mr. MVZrr, 

Mr. fltfii, Mr. Vangijon, Mr. Middagb. 

The Petition from Newark, for raifing Money by Way of Lottery, to build 

a Church, £fc. was read the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion, whether the 

Prayer of faid Petitioners be granted or not ? it patted in the Negative, as 

follows ; 

YEAS. NAYS, NAYS. NAYS. 

Mr. WttberiO, Mi Stevens, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Middagb. 

Mr. O^Jfti, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Pijbtr. Mr. Holmes, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Hoogland, Mr. #<W, Mr. Miller, 

Mr.' Vreeland, Mr. Smith, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Paxfon, Mr. S//«r, 

The Petition from Bedminfler, in the County of Somerfet, for raifing Money 
by Way of Lottery, for finifhing the Church they had there begun ; was read 
the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion, whether the Prayer of the faid Peti- 
tioners be granted or not ? it paffed in the Negative, as follows ; 

YEAS. N A V S. NAYS. NAYS. 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Middagb. 

Mr Ogden, Mr. N.iill, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Fijher, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Read, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Smth, Mr Learning, 

Mr. Vangtfon, Mr. Paxfon, Mr. S//V*r, 

The Commiflioners appointed to enquire into Indian Affairs, made the fol- 
lowing Report in Writing. 

(IT7E the Subfcribers, four of the Commiflioners appointed by Law, to 
' V V enquire into the Claims of the Indians, Inhabitants of this Colony j 
' having, in Purluance of that Power, met the Indians at Cro/Jwicks, in the 
c County of Burlington, in February laft ; in full and open Council, received 

< from the Indians a Declaration of their Rights, and a Releafe of what Lands 
. were not therein contained ; referving the Right the Mini/ink and Pompton 
t Indians may have to Lands in the Northerly Parts of this Province : An exact 

< Copy of which Proceeding, we herewith lay before the honourable Houfe. 

* We further beg Leave to inform the Houfe, that foon after the Arrival of 
c his Excellency the prefent Governor, General Forbes and the Lieutenant- 

• Governor of Philadelphia, in a Conference had at their Requeft with him, 
c preffed upon him the NecefTity of inviting the Mini/ink Indians to a Confe- 
' rence with this Colony, and to make a ftrid Enquiry into the Caufe of their 
1 UneaGnefs and Claims, if any they have. The Meffage and Inftructions 
c given on that Occafion, with the Advice of three of the Commiflioners in 
c the Adl of General AfTembly named, his Excellency has, at this Sitting, laid. 
c before the honourable Houfe : In Confequence whereof, we have received 
4 Intelligence, that fome Mini/ink Indians arrived Yefterday at Philadelphia, 
c and may be hourly expecl ed here, when their Claims will be known. 

' We further beg Leave to report to the honourable Houfe, that it is our 

* Opinion, that there are many Trads of Land which are purchas'd within 
' the Limits of the feveral Indian Claims, "for which Deeds may be found ; 

* and that there may be alfo many more purchas'd, for which the Deeds are loft 

• or mifhid j the Neglett of recording Indian Deeds having generally prevailed. 

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c Wc further report it as our Opinion, that the only Method 6f fatisfying 
' the Indians, and obviating their tutuie Claims, would be, to impower his 
' Excellency and a Set of Commiffioners, to draw from the Treafury, a certain 
' Hmitted Sum, in order, in a general Conference with the feveral Indian 
' N.. , to conclude a Ba gain for the Releaie of the Claims of their whole 
ition to Lands within the fame ; as feparate and private Purchafes would 
« be . viih great Inconvenience, if not utterly impracticable. 

Andrew Johnfion, 
Richard Saltar, 
Charles Read, 
John Stevens. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Spicer, do confult with the Council of Proprietors 
of Wejt-Jerfey, and iuch of the Council of Proprietors of Eajl-Jerfey, as now 
arc in Town, relpe&ing the Mmner of railing the Sum that will be wanted for 
fettling Peace with the Indians. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Ogden, from the Committee appointed to fettle the Commiffioners and 
Commiffaries Accounts ; reported, that they had infpecled the Accounts of 
Jonathan Hampton, Eiq-, late Commiffary and Paymafter ; which, with 
Leave, he reported to the Houfe, making a Ballance due from this Colony to 
the faid Jonathan Ha.npton, the Sum of Two Hundred and thirty fix Pounds 
Eleven fallings three farthings ; which was read, and agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That a Claule be inferted in the Bill for the further Defence of the Frontiers, 
to defray the faid Ballance. 

The Remonftrance from fundry Perfons, who are faid to be Agents for the 
Townfhip of Bethlehem, Amwell, Kingwood, Tukejbury, Lebanon, and 
Reading, in the County of Hunterdon, in Aiifwer to a Petition of the Grand- 
Jury of faid County, againft dividing the County, or removing the Court, 
was picfented to the Houfe ; which was read, and the further Confideration of 
the Premifes referred to the next Sitting of General Affembly. 

The Houfe adjourned till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, Augufl 4, 1758. 
The Houfe met. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from the Council, in the Words following ; 
' Ordered, 

* That Mr. Ogden do carry the Bill, entitled, An AG: for the Settlement 
' and Relief oj the Poor, with the engroffed Amendments, to the Houle of 
€ Affembly, and defire their Concurrence thereto.' 

Which were read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Saturday 



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Saturday, Auguft 5, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft for the Settlement and Relief of the "Poor, with 
the Council's Amendments thereto, was read the fecond Time : And on the 
Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees to faid Amendments, or not ? it was 
carried in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be re-engroffed. 

A Petition of Daniel Cafnor and Patrick O Hanlon, was prefented to the 
Houfe, fetting forth, that they are informed that an Addrefs has been prefented 
** to the Houfe, for the Privilege of carrying on the Stage from the City of 
Burlington to the City of Perth- Amboy, by fome particular Perfons, exclufive 
of all others ; and urging, that they have been at great Expence to enable 
themfelves to continue a Stage, which they have for fome time carried on from 
faid Places ; which if denied to profecute, will tend much to their Difkdvantage; 
and praying a Hearing, in order to fupport their Allegations, before any fuch 
Law be paffed ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ncvill have Leave to be abfent on extraordinary Occafions. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Eight o' Clock. 

Monday, Augujl 7, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

According to the Order of the Day, John Goojling, one of the Petitioners 
for banking a certain Piece of Marfh on Manington Creek, in Salem County, 
attending, was called in, and produced an Affidavit, by which it appears that 
he had ierved Samuel Mafon with a Copy of the Order of this Houfe ; and 
the faid Samuel Ala/on not attending, nor any one in his Behalf, to fupport 
the Allegations fet forth in his Petition, the Confideration thereof was referred 
till To-morrow Morning, not knowing but that the faid Samuel Mafon may 
then attend. 

The Houfj adjourn'd till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Tuefday, Augu/l 8, 1758, 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Hancock with Leave, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Adl to enable the 
Owners and Pofefjors of jome Meadows, Marjhes and Cripples, in Manington » 
in the County of Salem, to keep the Tide from overflowing the Jame j which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Bill re-engroffed, with the Council's Amendments, entitled, An AcT: 
for the Settlement and Relief of the Poor, was read and compared : And on 
the Queftion, 

Rejolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Hancock do carry the faid Bill to the Council. 

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The engroffed Bill, entitled, An A&for the Support of Government of his 
Majefty's Colony of New-Jerfey, &c. was read and compared ; and on the 
Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not? it was carried in the Affir- 
mative, as follows ; 

YEAS. YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stfvens, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. Yara', Mr. H'etherill, 

Mr. OgdeH, Mr, Ladd, Mr. Middagb. Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Ft/her, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Hoogtand, 

Mr.Vrectand, Mr. Miller, Mr.Fanetfoa, 

Mr. Read, Mr. Learning, Mr. Stokes, 

Mr. Sm::b, Mr. Sficer, Mr. Clement. 

Rejohed, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Hancock do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

The Petition of fundry Freeholders, Inhabitants of the City of Burlington, 
was prefented to the Houfe, fetting foith, That Daniel Cafnor, of Cranbury^ 
had carried on a Stage from the Ci:y of Burlington, to the City of Perth- 
Ambox ; which he had done with very great Expence, and hath received no 
Satisfaction equivalent thereto : and as they are informed, that Jofeph Borden 
and Jojeph Hancock, have petitioned the Houfe to bring in a Bill to invert them 
with the fole Carrying on the Stage, which they conceive will be of great 
Detriment to the laid Daniel Cafnor ; therefore beg that the Houfe will take 
the fame into Confederation, and allow the laid Daniel Cafnor the Privilege 
to be included in the faid propofed Ad, or, otherwife have Leave to bring in a 
feparate Bill for that Purpofe ; which was read, and ordered a fccond Reading. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Hancock and himfelf, delivered the Bill with 
them intruded, to the Speaker in Council. 

On a Motion made. 
Refolved, 

That this Houfe will fupport the Expence of the prefent Negotiations with 
the Minifink Indians, and of his Excellency's Journey to Eajlon, at the approach- 
ing Treaty : But that this Province will be at no Expence refpefting Prefents 
to the Indians, or to the Support of General Treaties, otherwife than as the 
fame may contribute to the leturning fuch Captives as have been taken from 
this Province, engaging the Indians to csale from Hoftilities, and giving fuf- 
ficient Security of their doing fo themfelves, and as much as lies in their Power 
preventing others, and doing them Juftice refpecfing their Lands, if it appears- 
they have any Complaint againft this Province. 

On the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto or not ? it was carried in 
the Affirmative. 

YEAS. YEAS, YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stefers, Mr. Smith, lAt. heilUr, Mr . Wetberill. 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. Learning, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Fi/ber, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Sficer, Mr. Hoogland. 

Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Yard, Mr. Vangefon. 

Mr. Read, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Middtgb. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
The Bill, entitled, An Act to enable the Owners and Pofeffors of fome Mea- 
dows, Marfies, and Cripples, in Manington, in the County oj Salem, to keep 
the Tide from overflowing the fame ■, was read the fecond Time, and committed 
to Mr. Hancock and Mr. Stokes. The 



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The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning^ 
Wednefday, Auguji 9, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Hancock from the Commitree to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Aft to enable the Owners and Poff'efjors of jome Meadows, Marfjjes, and Crip- 
pies, in Manington, in the County of Salem, to keep the Tide from overflowing 
the jame ; with Leave, reported the fame, with feveral Amendments nude 
thereto ; which was read ; and on the Qjeftion, whether the laid Bill be en- 
groffed or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engroffed. 

The Bill, entitled, An A3 for the further Defence of the Frontiers of this 
Colony, &C. was read the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of the 
whole Houfe. 

The Houfe relolved itfelf into a Commitree of the whole Houfe, on the Bill 
for the further Defence of the Frontiers of this Cotony : And after fome T.me 
fpent therein, Mr. Spea-er refumed th&*%hair, and Mr Hancock, Chairman of 
the Committee, reported, that they had made fome Progiefs in the faid Bill, 
and agreed untofundry Proviiions for the Defence of the Fron;iers ; which, as 
there is no publick Fund to difcharge the fame, will be rendered ineffectual, 
except Bills of Credit be ftruck for that Purpole ; to which the Houle agreed, 
and defired Leave to fit again. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Mcffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary ; which is in the Words 
following ; 

c Gentlemen, 

I AM informed, that in a Bill depending before you, there is a Claufe for 
ftriking Paper Money ; I therefore fend you a Copy of his Majefty's In- 
ftruftions to me on that Subject, and hope you will conform thereto. I alfc* 
fend you a Copy of his M.jefty's Inftruftion to me concerning the Support of 
Government ; which, as you have been acquainted with it, I hope you have 
conformed to.' 

FRA. BERNARD. 

A Copy of faid InflrutJions, is as follow, viz. 

XXII. < TyHEREAS Ads have been paffed in fome of Our Plantations in 
' vv America, for ftriking Bills of Credit, and iffuing out the fame 
' in Lieu of Money, in order to difcharge their publick Debt*, and for other 
c Purpofes, from whence feveral Inconveniences have arifen : It is thereforeOur 
' Will and Fleafure, that you do not give your Affent to, or pafs any Act in 
1 Our faid Province of New-Jerfey, under your Government, whereby Bills of 
' Credit may be ftruck or iffucd in Lieu of Money, without a Claufe be inferted 
' in fuch Aft, declaring, that the fame fhall not take EfTeft, until the faid Aft: 
c fhall have been approved and confirmed by Us, Our Heirs and Succcffors .- 

F * And 



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{ And it is Our further Will and Pleafure, That you do not give your Affent 
' to, or pals any Act in Our faid Province of New- Jerjey, under your Govern- 
" ment, for Payment of Money, either to you the Governor, or to any Lieute- 
' iunt-Governor or Commander in Chief, or to any Members of Our Coun- 
' cil, or to any other Perfon whatfoever, except to Us, Our Heirs and Suc- 
1 celfors, without a Claufe be likewife inferted in fuch Act, declaring that 
' the fame fhall not take Effect, until the faid Act hath been approved and 
1 confirmed by Us, Our Heirs and Succeffors. 

XXIII. c Whereas feveral Inconveniences have arifen to Our Governments 
« io the t Lntations, by Gifts and Prefents made to Our Governor by the 
1 General Affemblies ; you are therefore to propofe unto the Affembly, at their 
1 fir ft Meeting after your Arrival, and to ufe your utmoft Endeavour with 
1 them, that an Act be paffed for railing and fettling a publick Revenue, for 

* the defraying the neceffary Charge of the Government of Our faid Pro- 

* vince; and that therein Provifion be particularly made, for a competent 

* Salary to yourfelf, as Captain-General and Governor in Chief of Our faid 

* Province ; a nd to o ther Our fucceeding Captains Generals and Governors in 
4 Chief, for fupporting^^ Dignity of the Lid Office ; as likewife, due Pro- 
' vifion for the contingent Charges of Our Council and Affembly, and for the 
' Salaries of the refpective Clerics, a^fcjt other Officers thereunto belonging ; 
' as likewife, all other Officers neceffary for the Adminiftration of that Govern- 
1 ment : And particularly, that fuch Salaries be enacted to be paid in Sterling,. 
' or Proclamation Money, or in Paper Bills of Credit current in that Province, 

' in Proportion to the Value fuch Bills fhould pafs at in Exchange for SJver ; 
' that thereby, the refpective Officers may depend on fome certain Income, and 
' not be liable to have their Stipends varied, by the uncertain Value of Paper 
1 Money : And that in fuch Act, all Officers Salaries be fixed to fome reafonable 
' yearly Sum, except the Members of the Council and Affembly, and the Of- 

* fleers attending them, or others whofe Attendance on 'the Publick is uncer- 
' tain, who may have a reafonable Pay eftablifhed^r Diem, during their At- 
' tendance only. And when fuch Revenue fhall have been fo fettled, and Pro- 
4 vifion made as aforefaid, then Our exprefs Will and Pleafure is, that neither 
< you, Our Governor, nor any Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Commander in 
'Chief, or Prefident of Our Council, of Our faid Province of Neiv-Jer/ey, 

* for the Time being, do give your or their Confent to the pafiing of any Law or 

* Act, for any Gift or Prefent to be made to you or them by the Affembly : 
' And that neither you nor they do receive any Gift or Prefent from the Af- 
' fembly, or others, on any Account, or in any Manner whatfoever, upon 
1 Pain of Our higheft Difpleafure, and of being recalled from that Our Govern- 
' ment. And We do further Direct and Require, that this Declaration of 

* Our Royal Will and Pleafure, be communicated to the Affembly, at their 
c firft Meeting after your Arrival in Our faid Province, and entered in the Re- 
' gifter of Our Council and Affembly j that all Perfons whom it may concern, 
' may govern themfelves accordingly.' 

Which faid Meffage and Inftrudions were read. 

On a Motion made, 
Ordered, 
That the Report of the Board of Trade, refpecting the late Paper Money 
Bill, be entered on the Minutes. 

The fame is as follows ; To 



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To the Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Hz.> Majeflfs Moll 
Honourable Privy Council for Plantation Affairs. 

* My Lords, 

URSUANT to your Lordfhips Order, dated 16th November laft, we 
have taken into Confideration the humble Petition of Richard Partridge, 
Agent for and in behalf of the Houfe of Reprefentatives of the Colony of 
' New-Jer/ey, humbly praying, for the Reafons therein contained, that his 
f M jetty will be gracioufly pleated to fignify his Royal Pleafure to the Governor 
' or Commander in Chief of the faid Colony for the Time being, to give his 
' Affent to a Bill prepared by the faid Houfe of Reprefentatives in March laft, 
1 entitled, An A<ft for making current Sixty Thoufand Pounds in Bills of 

* Credit, to be emitted on Loan within the Colony of New- Jerfey, the Interejl 
' whereof to fink the further Sum of Twenty-nine Thoufand Pounds, to be alfo 

* made current for the immediate Service of the Crown, if the fame fhould be 

* needed, otherwife for the Relief of the faid Colony : And having been attended 

* by the faid Agfnt and his Council, and heard what they had to offer in fup- 

* port of the Petition, we beg Leave to acquaint your Lordfhips, that this Bill 
' appears to us to be liable to many very material Objections. 

i ft. 'By the Manner in which the CLufe of Appropiiation is expreffed, the 
' Houfe of Reprefentatives feem to have affumed to themfelves, not only a 
' Power of joining with the Governor and Council in the Difpofal and iffuing 
' the Money granted for his Majefty's Service, buc likewifc to have made 
' themfelves Judges of the Services to which it is to be applied. 

2dly. ' The Surplus of the Intereft arifing from the Loan of the Bills of Cre- 

■ dit which fhall remain after finking the £. 29,000, granted for his Majefty's 
' Service, is to be fubftituted as a Fund tor finking Bills of Credit heretofore 

* emitted, in Lieu of Taxes which have been already eftabhfhcd for that Pur- 
' pofe. 

3<dly. ' The Bills of Credit are declared to be legal Tenders in Payment of all 
' Debts and Contracts. 

' With Refpect to the firft of thefe Objections, we muft obferve, that the 
c Affembly's affumingto themfelves a Right to join in the Difpofal and iffuing 

* of publick Money, is, in all Cafes, a Deviation from the fundamental Prin- 
« ciples of the Conftitution of that Colony, as eftablifhed by his Majefty's 
' Commiffion and Inftructions. That, independent of this Confederation, as 
' the Services to be performed by this Grant, ought not to be in their Nature 
' either local or provincial j the AfTembly cannot be the proper Judges of them ; 
' and therefore, the Money granted by this Bill to his Majefty's Ufe, ought to 

■ have been appropriated to fuch Services in general, as his Majefty, or the 
' Commander in Chief of his Forces in America, fhould think proper to di- 

■ reel or recommend, to be iffued and difpofed of by Warrant of the Governor 
1 and Council to fuch Services only. 

' WithRefpeft to the fecond of thefe Objections, it will be neceffiry to ftate 
« to your Lordfhips, That in the Year 1755, 1756, and 1757, Paper Bills of 
i Credit, to the Amount of £.82,500, have been iffued and made current for 

* Five Years, and Taxes are impofed to conftitute a Fund for finking them 
1 within that Term. That by fubftituting the Intereft of this Loan in Lieu of 
' thofe Taxes, the Provifion made for finking them within a reafonable Time, 
' will be fet afide, and the Currency of them protracted to a much longer 
1 Time ; which is fuch a Violation of the publick Faith, as has in other Co- 
' lonies, always produced a Depreciation of the Credit of the Paper Currency, 

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' and was one of thofe Evils which gave Rife to the Necefiiy of the Aft of 
irliarherit paCed in the Year 1750, for reftraining the Paper Currency in the 
' tour Colon.es of Neiv-England. 

' With Regard to the 3d Objection, «the making Bills of Credit legal Ten- 
! dera in ali Payments, is contrary to the Senfe of Parliament, as expreffed in 
' their Refjlutions of the 5th of April, 1740, and in the above-mentioned 
1 Act, pjfL-d in the Year 1750, as we have' frequently had Occafion to obferve 
k in former Reports : In which we have declared, that though a Paper Cur- 
{ rency may be advantageous to a trading Colony, yet it ought never to be ad- 
' mitted, unlefs it can be effected without enforcing the Legality of the Tender 
' of the Bills fo to be iffued ; which, we are of Opinion, is by no Means im- 

* practicable, if fome Part of the Intereft railed upon fuch Bills mould be ap- 
' propriated to iupport their Circulation : And this Method, we believe, might 
' not only be eafily and fuccefsfully purfuel, but would be likewife, with the 
' ftricleft Propriety, an Application of the Whole, and every Part of the Money 
' fo railed to the publick Service ; But however this be, we were of Opinion in 
e our former Repons, and ftill continue to be fo, that the Inconveniences of 
' making Bills of Credit legal Tenders, fo greatly over-ballance the Advantage 
' which can accrue to the Publick from the Inrereft of them, that the latter 
' ought not to be accepted, unlefs the former can be avoided. 

1 Having ftated to your Lordfhips the Objections to which this Bill appears 
c to be liable, with fuch Obfervationsashave occured to us in Support of them, 
1 it only remains for us to take Notice of the two principle Reafons affigned 
c in the Preamble of the Bill for efbblilhing this Paper Currency ; namely, the 
' Inability of the People in their prefent Circumftances, to carry on Trade, or 
' even their Dealings for the common Neceffaries of Life ; and to continue 
' their Affiftance to the common Caule, in carrying on the War againft his 
' Majefty's Enemies. 

' With Refpect to the firft of thefe Reafons, we find upon Enquiry inio h = 

* prefent State of the Paper Currency in Ncw-Jerjey, that the Bills now out- 
' ftanding and current in that Colony, amount in the Whole, to JT. 107,000. 
' And as that Sum appears to us fufhcientiy large for all Purpofes in the or- 

* dinary Courfe of commercial Dealings, we conceive there can be no Room 
e to pretend an immediate Neceflity of that Sort. 

c As to the Plea of Neceflity arifing from their Inability to contribute towards 
1 the Profecution of the War, it may be obviated, by his Majefty's permitting 
c his Governor to give his Affent to any Bill or Bills for ilTuing fuch Quantity 
' of Paper Currency as may be neceffary for defraying the Expence of fuch 
' military Services, as fhall be required by his Majefty, or his Commander 
' in Chief in America ; provided the Credit of fuch Bills be properly afcertain- 
' ed, and Funds be eflablifhed for finking them within a realbnable Time, not 
' exceeding five Years, according to the Directions prefcribed in the like Cafes 
' by his Majefty's Inftructions to his late Governor of the Province of New- 

* fork. We are, My Lords, 

Tour Lord/hips mofi Obedient 

Andmojl Humble Servants, 

DUNK HALIFAX, 
Whitehall, Feb. 21, 17 c8. T. PELHAM. 

SOAME JENYNS, 
W. G. HAMILTON, 
W. SLOPER. 

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A Meffage from the Ccr.r.c;!, by Mr. Jfijield, acquainting the Houfe, that 
the Council have paffed the Bill for the Support of his Majefty'b Government 
of Neiv- Jrr/ey, Lc. without any Amendment. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Spicer, Mr. Wetherill, and Mr. Learning, do wait on 
his Excellency, and acquaint him, in Anfvver to his Meffage of this Morning 
That this Koule have taken the fame into Confideration, together with the Co- 
pies of his Majefty's R.oyal Inflrudions communicated therewith ; and find by 
the journal of 2 th November, 174?, that the 22d Inftruction is in the fame 
Words with an Inftruction given by his prefent Majefty to his late Excellency 
Governor B • ; and this Houfe do conceive it to have been an Inftruction 

to fevera) of his Governors of his Colonies abroad. That no Inconveniences 
have arifen from the Palling any Act for ftriking of Bills of Credit in this Colo- 
ny to any Peton whatever, as the Bills ftruck by former Adb> have beea 
punctually funk, according to the different Periods in the Art exprerf- d, where- 
b] the Bills have not in the lead: diminiihed in their Credit, a'tho' the Gploriy 

e, through their Zeal for his M jelly's Service; in keeping up a ftandj 
Regimeut acting with his Majefty's Forces and the pVefling Call of the Fron- 
tier Inhabitants, ifiued large Sum*; great Part of which hys at prefent as a 
Debt on the Colony. That this Colony have no practicable Methods to raife 
a Sum for immediate Service, but by (inking Bills of Credit to be funk by a 
future Tax : The doing of which, not only the Governors of this, but alfo 
of the neighbouring Colonies, have thought it neceffaiy and expedient to aff-nt 
to, notwithstanding the aforefaid Inftruction, and to prolong the Times o£ 
finking the fame, according to the different Circumstances of the Colonies : 
Nor have the Houfe the leaft Reafon to believe, but iheir Conduct in that Re- 
fpect has been approved of by his Majefty and his Minifters. That they inform 
his Excellency, that the Houfe has taken his Recommendation of the Fron- 
tiers, and the Affliction of the Inhabitants there, into their molt frious Con- 
federation, and have formed a Bill, which they hope, u hh the Atfiftance of 
Divine Providence, will effectually protect them ; but as they have not Money 
in the Treafury for that Service, they have no other Method of fupporting that 
Expence, but by iffuing of Bills of Credit, which muft militate againft that In- 
ftruction. That this Houfe entertain Hopes, that his Excellency will, from 
the Calamity of the Times, and the Conduct of other his Majefty's Governors, 
be induced to give his Affent to a Bill for jiri king Bills of Credit, jor the Pro- 
tection of this his Mafejly'4 Colony ; to be funk at fuch Periods as lhall be in the 
Power of the Colony to comply with : That they earneftly requert his Excel- 
lency, to reprefent the Zeal and Loyalty of this Colony to his Majefty ; and 
that, without an Indulgence in flriking Bills of Credit, to be funk at reafonable 
Periods, on a folid and fecure Fund, this Colony will not be able to give his 
Majefty that Aid which would be moft agreeable to their Inclinations ; nor 
contribute that Protection to the Frontiers wnich they are in Duty bound to do. 
And as there are frequently Calls for Expences of this Kind, that he will be 
pleafed to make the Application, fo that we may hope for his Majefty's Licence 
on this H;ad, before any future NecefJlty lhall embarrafs the Branches of the 
Legiflature. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from fundry of the Inhabitants of 
Perth- Amboy, praying Daniel Ca/nor may not be deprived of the Pnvilege of 
carrying on the S age between Burlington and Perth- Amboy ; which was read, 



and ordered aLcond Reading. 



The 



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The Houf- adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Eight o'Clock. 

Tour/Say, Auguft 10, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The ensrofTcd Bill, entitled. An Adt to enable the Owners and Poffeffors of 
tome Mcnd-iis, MarJJjes, and Cripples, in Manington, in the County of Salem, to 
keep the Tide from overflowing the fame ; was read and compared ; and on the 
Quefcion, whether the faid Bill do pals or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Re/olved, 

That the faid Bill do pafs. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Stokes do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Spicer, Mr. Wether ill, Mr. Learning and him- 
lelf delivered the Meffage with them intrufted to his Excellency. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary ; in the Words following . 
' Gentlemen, 

T Will tranfmit to England, to be laid before his Majefty, your Petition for 
a Licence to raife Money for his Service ; and will ufe my utmoft En- 
deavours to obtain a Power for that Purpofe. As for the prefenr Ntccffity, 
the Se-vice you want to provide for, is of fo important a Nature, that it would 
give me great Concern to have it defeated through my Disability : I muff 
therefore deffe that you would, if poffible, find tome Expedient, that, if not 
fhidtly conformable to the Letter of my Infractions, may be at leaf! agree- 
able to the Spirit and Intent of it.' 

FR A. BERNARD. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Stokes and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted to Mr. Salter, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on the Bill 
for the further Defence of the Frontiers ofthisColony, &c. And after fomeTime 
fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of 
the Committee, reported, that the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, 
and made fundry Amendments thereto ; which he is ready to report, when the 
Houfe will pleafe to receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon he reported the Bill, with the Amendments made thereto. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

And on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill be engrofTed or not ? it was car- 
ried in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engrofTed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Learning, r from the Committee appointed on the Weftern Treafurer's 
Accounts, made the following Report j which was read. 

• Ike 



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' The Committees appointed to in/petf the Treafurer' s Accounts, agree thai 
' Aaron Learning, Ejq; do report to the Houje of A/J'embly ; 

' That by the Report of 1753, we find there was charged as payable of 
the Principal on the £. 20,000 and £.40,000 Emiffions, from the Weftern 
Counties, the following Sums, viz, 

Burlington, - - - - - _ £-1235-00-0 

Alio in Mr. Treafurer Smith's Hands uncancelled, 113 - 18 - o 

Amounting to - - - - i^8~^TS~ o~" 

The Commiifioners of Burlington have fince paid /. 200-00-0 
Which with the - - 113-18-0 

313 -18-0 

And which i.iid /. 3 13- 18-0 was laid before thefe Committees 
and burned ; fo that Burlington is now deficient in the 
Principal, the Sum of ice -00-0 



Gloucefier was then charged with £. 628 - 1 r - o 

But there was an Error of - 200 -00-0 



So that in Fact there was then payable from Gloucefler only 428 -15-0 

Which has been fince paid to Samuel Smith, Efq ; by the Loan-Officers 
of that County, and was laid before thefe Committees and burned. 

Salem was then in Arrear - £. 1371 -17-0 

The Loan-Officers of that County have fince paid Mr. ) 

Treafurer Smith, which was laid before thefe Com-f 627 - 18 - 6 
mi tees, and burned, 



So that Salem is now deficient - - 743 - 18 - 6 

Cape-May was then deficient £. 156; which the Loan-Officers of that 
County have fince paid to Mr. Treafurer Smith, and was laid before 
thefe Committees, and burned. 

Hunterdon was deficient £. 144-18-0; there not being any Miftake in that 
Account, as was then fuggefted ; which the Commiffioners of that County 
have fince paid to Mr. Treafurer Smith, in cancelled Bills ; and they were 
now laid before the Committees and burned. 

By all which it appears, that Hunterdon, Gloucefler and Cape-May, have fully 
cancelled and paid into the Treafury, all the Principal-Money that was 
payable from them Counties refpectively, on the £. 20,000 and £ 40,000 
Emiffions, in the Years 1748, 1749, 1750, 1751, 1752, and 1753 ; and 
the fame is deftroyed by burning. 

And that the following Deficiencies are yet outftanding on them Emiffions, 1 
in the- aforefaid Years, viz, Burlington, £. 1035-00-0 

Salem, 743 - 18 - 6 



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D) . t SAMUEL SMITH, Efq; Treasurer, To the 

TO Monies payable on the firft Sinking 

Ftom Cape-May, in 1754, *7S5> *?*& ™ d l 757> £■ *°* '. °S ~_ JJ 
Cumberland, in DJ - - " " 427-.07.-10 

Burhngton, in D _ £ £ _ Q 

fiHMMU», in D - _ .01-02 
Aforra and Sw/fx, m D - £2 , 

£.3198-05-07 



0« the £• I 5'°°° • L ^' ^^ '* Apri1 ' I755 ' 

There is payable from Cape-May in the Year J7 57> £. 83 - 10 - 10 

Cumberland, 
Salem, 
Gloucefler, 
Burlington, 
Hunterdon, 
Morris and Sk/^x, in D 



in D° 


177 - ci - IOj 


in D 3 


349- 05 -05J 


in D° 


390 - 18 - 00, 


in D° 


625 - 01 - 10 


in D a 


708 - 17 - 07 1 


, in D° 


277 - 16 - 048 



£. 2612 - II - III 



!■, ■ 1 iwrrr ^* "" " * "-" " 7 



j>. SAMUEL SMITH, Efq; Treafurer, on the 

1-55, June ^i July, To Ca(h received on the £. i 5 020, ftruck in 4>n7, 1755, 3443-17-0 

W,l^r 27 To Cafh received on the £. 15.020, ftruck in ^«/ 1755, £. 75°° " o - o 1 cQ 

September 2 7 , ^o ^ ^ ^^ turned 0|]t more than it was received fcr, zO-O-oJ' 

To Calh received on the £. 1 0,000, ftruck in December 1755, 

1756, To Cafh received on the £. 17,5°°- ftruck <>? virtue of a Law pafIed S " ~'"'' ' 7 * 6, 8?49 " ' 9 ' 6 
l7 - 7 ' Ar,7, To Cafh received on the £. .0,000, ftruck bjr virtue of a Law paffed the J sooo 

n 31ft of M»r f A, 1757, 3 

7^7, To Cafh received on the £. 5000, ftruck by a Law paffed in Jn,:e .757, 2499 <5 - © 

2>„. z3 . To D° received on the £ 30,000, ftruck by virtue of a Law paffed in October 1757, 1 5000 - 00 - o 

1758, Jlfej 9- To Cafh received on the £. 59,000, ftruck by a Law in tpril 1758, 14---00-0 

Bv which it appears, that Mr. Treafurer Smith has received of the feVefel Funtfe 7 6 1 640 - 16 - 6 

ftruck for the Ufe of the War, i 

To Cafh of Abraham Hewlings, Efq; a Commiflioner, returned, 612. 10 - 

i7cS jftril 6 To Cafh of Mr. Grant Gibbon, being Money returned that his Father 
/5 ' ' received as a Commiffioner, 49 - '7 - 4_ 

9 . To Cafh of 7a«* Spicer, Efq; returned, 14 - 09 - z + 

To Cafh received oiWilliam Cook and DamJ Smith, Efqrs. beingMoney repaid 
by the Crown, in part of the Aids of this Colony in the laft War, 



1 00 c - 00 



£. 6 322 - 15 -oj 



Dr. 



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Colony of N E W - J E R S E Y. Per Contra] Creditor. 

Fund, granted for the Ufe of the late War. 

1758, July 2Sth, By feveral Bundles of Paper Bills laid 

before thefe Committees by the faid 
T eafurer, which were burned in their 
Prefence, amounting in the Whole, 
to - - - - £. 3198-05-07 



£. 319S -05-07 



l 75%> J u b sStn > % feveral Bundles of Bills of Credit, 

laid before thefe Committees by the 
faid Treafurer, which were burned in 
their Prefence, £ 2298 - 16 - 7 

By Monies remaining in the faid Trea- 
furer's Hands, to be cancelled when 
changed into Jerjiy Bills, 313 - 15 - 4 | 



£. 2612 - 11 - ii| 



6 



War Funds, per Contra, Creditor^ 

1758, July 28. By fundry Receipts and Vouchers infpe&ed, allowed and endorfed by 
thefe Committees, of Monies paid by virtue of the £. 15,000, Aft, 
paiTed in Apil 1755, £. 4034. - eg - o 

D°. By fundry Receipts and Vouchers infpefied, allowed and endorfed by 
thefe Committees, of Payments made by virtue of the T. 15.000, 
Law, palT.d in Augufl 1755, 7255-00-0 

By fundry Vouchers and Receipts for Monies paid by virtue of the 
/. io.ooo Law, pafTed in December 1 75 5, infpeftcd, allowed and 
endorfed by thefe Committees, 4000 -00-0 

By Ca(h paid by virtue of the £. 17.5UO Law, paffed in June iy$6, 
and other Laws, as per fundry Receipts and Vouchers, infpedled, 
allowed and endorfed by thefe Committees, 33s6t - 14 - 8 

By Cath paid Col. Peter Schuyler, as per a Law for that Purpofe, 6000 - 00 - a 

By Receipts and Vouchers infpefted, allowed and endorfed by thefe Com- 
mittees, for Monies paid for Frontier Service, 1736 - \-j - o 

By Ballance, 4769 - 12 -4' 

By Monies repaid, by the Crown, a per the Dr. fide, remaining 1 in the 

I reafurer's Hands, to be funk when exchanged into Jerjey Bills, 1005 -00-0 



£.63322- 13-0; 
■ ■■ — — — ■ ■ 

H Dr. 



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Dr. SAMUEL SMITH, Efq ; Treafure^ To the 

To the old Arrears of Burlington and Cape-May, as 

reported in 1753, &c. £. 32-00-09 

By the Report in 1753, Gtoucefler ftands charged with being 
in Arrear in the Intereft arifing in 1750, the Sum of 
£. 13-06- r. But upon infpecting Mr. Aliens Receipts 
to the Commiflioners of the Loan-Office of that County^ 
it appears they have fully difcharged all the Intereft arifing 
in the Years 1748, 1749, and 1750, except £. 2 - 8 - 1. 
which they have now paid to Samuel Smithy Efq; the Re- 
fidue being £. 10 - 18 - o, was in the Hands of Mr. Trea- 
furer Allen, and not credited by him, and ftill remains 
due from his Executors. - - £.10-18-0. 

To Cafh from the Giouhcejlcr Commmiffioners, 02-08-1* 

£. 13 - 06 - i 

To a Deficiency in Hunterdon, as per the fame Report, 0-05-6 

To Deficiencies as reported in 1753, 

Cape-May, - - £.1-0-0 

Burlington, - - 2-7-6 

Gtouccjler, - - - 0-8-9 

Salem, - - - 3-0-6 

. , ■ £• 6-16-9 

To a Deficiency in Hunterdon, in the £. 6000 Tax, in June 
1752, as per Report in 1753, £.6-00-0 

D° in Burlington, in the £. 2000 Tax in 1752, ." 

as per the lame Report, 1 2 " 4 

£. 8-12-4 

To a Ballance due from Mr. Allen's Executors, as per the 

Report in 1753, - - - 2 6 - 14 - 2* 

To a Ballance remaining in Mr. Treafurer Smith's Hands, 

as per Report in 1753, - - - 180-15-93 

Support of Government. 

To Monies payable on the Fund for Support of Government, 
from the following Counties, in 1753, 1754, 1755, 
1736, and 1757, 

Cape- May, - - - - £.233-18-4 

Cumberland) - - - - 495-17-1 

Salem, - * - 977 - I0 - 3 

Gloucejler, - 1094 - 10 - 4 

Burlington, - 1750 - 05 - 3 

Hunterdon, - - - - 19 84 -17-2 

Morris and Sufcx, in 1753, 166 - 13 - 9^ 

Morris, in 1754, 1755, 1756, and 1757, 407-09-2* 

Suffex, in D u - - - 203 - 15 - 6 



C 7583 - 17 



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Colony of NEW-JERSEY, per Contra, Creditor: 

By the old Deficiency of Burlington and Cape-May, as 

reported in 1753, &c. - - - £.32-00-9 

By a Deficiency remaining in the Hands of Mr. Treafurer 

Allelic Executors, as per the Dr. Side, - - _ 10- 18-0 

By a Deficiency in Hunterdon, as per Report in 1753. o - oc - 6 

By Deficiencies fince Mr. Smith came to the Office, viz. 
By the Report in 1753, Burlington flood charged with 
being in Arrear in the Intereft arifing in 1753, £. 2-7-6, 
as per the Dr. Side of this Account ; but 13/10, beino- 
paid on another Fund by Robert Smith, Efq; we credit 
this Article therewith, which leave9 a Ballance of 

£• 1 -13 -8 



Salem ftill outftanding, 3-00-6 



4-H-2 



By a Deficiency in Hunterdon, in the JT. 6000 Tax, i 

June, 1752, - - - 6-00 



in 



Support of Government. 

Ey Sundry Deficiencies in the County of Gloucefter, due either 
on the finking Fund or Support of Government, in one or 
more of the Years 1753, 1754, or 1756, the whole Arrears 
befides fome other Deficiencies that was paid by Mr. 
David Cooper, amounting to - - £ r 54 _I 9-4 

By a Deficiency in Hunterdon, for 1753, due upon the Sup- 
port of Government, from John Garit/on, I. 1 - 11 - 9 1 

By D°. in Hunterdon, due in 1757, from Cor- 
nelius Wycoff, fuppofed to be due on the 
£. 15,000, Fund, ftruck in April, 1755; 
But thefe Committees having funk this 
Year's Quota thereof, we place this Defi- 
ciency to the Support of Government, 2 - oc - 2 1 

3-17-0 

1758, July 28. By fundry Receipts and Vouchers, infpecled, 

allowed, and endorfed by thefe Committees, 6567 - 13 - 4 

By two Miftakes, - - » 2-00-8 

By Ballance, - - - - - 901-08-6? 

' Thefe 



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■ Thefe Committees fubmit it to theHoufe, whether fome effectualMeafures 
' fhould not be taken to recover the aforefaid old Arrears'. 



PETER KEMBLE, 
AARON LEAMING. 



To ail which the Koufe agreed. 



On a Motion of Mr. Smith, that the prefent Hurry had prevented his exa- 
mining into the above Accounts. 
Ordered, 
That he have Leave to reclify any Miftake, if any fuch he makes appear, at 
fome future Sitting. 
Refohed, 
That if the refpe&ive old Deficiencies in the above Report are not paid be- 
fore the next Support Bill paffes, they ought then to be levied on the refpective 
Counties from which they are due. 

Ordered^ 
That Mr. Smith and Mr. Ladd do wait upon his Excellency, and acquaint 
him, that this Houfe have received a Complaint from Mo.es Tot amy, an 
Indian, that he is unjuiily kept out of certain Lands on the River Raritan, 
that he hath a legal Right to ; and it being out of our Province to enter into 
Mitters of Ccntroverfy of that Kind, the Houfe would be glad, if his Excel- 
lency would give him fuch legal Redrefs as may lie in his Power. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act Jor altering one Part of a Six-Rods Road, which 
leads from Perth-Amboy Ferry to Burlington ; pafled at kit Sitting by the 
Council and Affembly, was now read, and the Stile changed from " the Pre- 
fident to the Governor" agreed to, and fent up to the Council by Mr. Stevens 
and Mr. WetherilL 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Wetherillzwd himfclf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted to Mr. Apjield, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

Two Petitions were prelented to the Houfe, from fundry of the Inhabitants of 
the Townfhip of Lebanon, Tukejbury, Bethlehem, and Kingwood, complaining of 
theHardfhip of having two of their Neighbours whipped, by Order of aCourt- 
Martial ; and praying Redrefs ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Stevens, from the Committee appointed to fettle the publick Accounts, 
made the following Report to the Houfe, That Jojeph Yard and Hendrick 
Fijljer, Efquires, Commiilioners appointed for defraying the Expence of his 
Majefty's Troops on their March through this Province, had fully paid all 
Money by them received from the Trealury for that Putpofe, and /. 16-7-0, 
more, which remained due to the faid Hendrick F/Jlier, and is charged in a 
lublequent Account againfb the Province. To which the Houfe agreed. 

That John Wetherill, Elq; late Commiffary and Pay-Mafter to the Forces 
on the Frontiers of this Province, had fully paid all Money by him received 
from the faid Trealury, and /. 70-14-2* more, which has fince been repaid 
him by Mr. Treafurer Smith. To which the Houfe agreed. 

That Jofeph Harrifon, a Efq; late Commiiiioner, has fully paid all Money by 
him received from the faid Trealury, and /. 1-5-2, more, which remains to be 
repaid him. To which the Houfe agreed. 

That 



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That Mr. Grant Gibbon, Son and Heir of Colonel Nicholas Gibbon, deceafed ' 
late Commiilioner, produced an Account, whereby it appears the Deceafed 
has paid all Money by him received from faid Treafury, /. 49- J 7-4, excepted, 
which the faid Grant Gibbon has fince repaid to Mr. Treafurer Smith. To 
which the Koufe agreed. 

That John Wetherill, Jofeph Tard, Efquires, and himfelf, had paid for 
quartering Soldiers at '7 rentoicn, Prince-Town, Brunfwick, and the Landing 
in the Year 1757, the Sum of /. 890-1 1-1, being /. 9-8-1 1, lefs than they re- 
ceived fiom Treafurer Smith for that Purpofe; which they have now returned 
to the faid Treafurer. To which the Houfe agreed. 

That the faid John Wetherill and himfelf, had alfo paid for quartering Sol- 
>diers as aforefaid, at Cranbury and Kingjlon, in the prefent Year, the Sum of 
/. 219-15-92, being the full of what they received from the Treafurers, Mr. 
Johnfton and Mr. Smith, for that Purpofe. To which the Houfe agretd. 

That Samuel Nevill, Efq; and himlelf, had alfb paid for quartering Soldiers 
as aforefaid, at Perth- Am boy, Woodbridge, Fife at aqua Landing, and Cranbury 
Sundries, in the prefent Year, the Sum ol /. 1083-1-5, being 7. 4- 13-6, lefs thari 
they received from Mr Treafurer Johnfton for that Purple, which they have 
fince paid him. To which the Houfe agreed. 

That Hendrick Fi/her, Efq ; a late Commiffioner, in Conjunction wi.h Jacob 
Spicer, Efq; had paid the Sum of /. 7716-7-7^ according to the feveral Laws 
entrufting them therewith, being /. 3 1 2-15-83, lefs than the faid Hendrick Fifher 
received for that Purpofe, which he has repaid to Mr. Treafurer Johnfton, and 
produced a Receipt for the fame. To which the Houfe agreed. 

And that Jacob Spicer, Efq; a late Commiffioner, in Conjunction with the 
faid Hendrick Fijljer, had paid the Sum of /. 3353-7-3', according to the fe- 
veral Laws entrulting them therewith, being /. 14-9-2 1 , lefs than the faid 
Jacob Spicer received for that Purpofe, which he hath repaid to Mr. Treafurer 
Smith, and produced his Receipt for the fame. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Mr. Paxfon, from the Committee aforefaid, reported to the Houfe, that John 
Allen, Efq, late Pay-Mafter to the faid Forces on the Frontiers, had paid 

f. 5946-17-8, according to Law, being /. 16-19-8, lefs than he received from 
Mr. Tieafurer Smith for that Purpofe, which remains as a Ballance due from 
the faid John Allen, To which the Houfe agreed. 

, And that Mr. Minnee Fijher, a Pay-Mafter ttf the Rangers, had paid 
/. 2326-9-0, according to Law, being /. 0-1 1-5 1 , lefs than he received from 
Mr. Treafurer Johnfton for that Purpofe, which he has repaid to Mr. Treafurer 
Smith, and produced his Receipt for the fame. To which the Houfe agreed. 

A MefTage from the Council by Mr. Woodruff", acquainting this Houfe that 
the Council had pafled the Bill, entitled, An AQ. to enable the Owners and P of- 
feffors of [ome M.adows, Marfies and Cripples, in Mannington, in the County 
y of Salem, to keep the Tide from overflowing the fame, without Amendment. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, Augufl ir, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

John AJIen, Efq; Son of the late Mr. Treafurer Allen, laid before the 
Huufc, a Receipt from Samuel Smith, Elq; Treafurer, for the Sum of/. 1 1-3-6, 

I being 



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being in Difcharge of the Ballance of /. 1 0-18-0, reported Yefterday by the 
Committees, to be due from the Executors of the faid Mr. Treasurer Allen ; 
and alfo, in Difcharge of the 5/. 6d. then reported to be due from the Loan- 
Officers of Hunterdon, 1750* 

Mr. Smith reported, that Mr. Ladd and himfelf, delivered the Meflage of 
this Houfe to his Excellency, who was pleafed to return to the Houfe, in writ- 
ing, the following Anfwcr, 

c Gentlemen, 

Will confider what are the befl Means to Redrefs Mofes Totamy, and will 
give Orders accordingly.' 

FRA. BERNARD. 



I 



The engroffed Bill, entitled, An A&for the further Defence of the Frontiers, 
&c. was read and compared 3 and on the Queflion, 
Refohed, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Tard and Mr. Vreeland do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Yard reported, that Mr. Vreeland and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Htfufe adjoufn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Hoogland, from the Committee on the publick Accounts, reported* 
that Col. Peter Schuyler had exhibited to the Houfe an Account againft this 
Province } but as he was not here himfelf, and it could not be well adjufted, 
they fubmit the fame to the Houfe. • 

The Houfe taking the fame into Confideration, among other Articles, do 
find he has charged the Province for his Expences while at Canada, the Sum 
of jC 1 333~9~°?» at which Time he charges £. 30-3, per Month, for his Pay 
as Colonel and Captain ; Which Article of Expences, exclusive of any other 
particular, feems extraordinary, and the Houfe think ought not to be allowed 
him j but as he is abfent, they think it expedient to defer the Settlement until 
he (hall attend the fame. 

On a Motion made j 

Refohed, 
That this Houfe will not for the time to come, provide pay for the quartering 
Officers contrary to the Acl: of Parliament in that Cafe provided. 

Refohed, 
That the Sum of Seventy-fix Founds be allowed Capt.Rufco, in Part of his 
Claim againft this Colony ; and that the fame be provided for in the next 
Supply Bill. 

On a Motion made, and the Queftionput, whether a Sum of Monev mould 
be advanced out the /. 10,000, to be made current by an AtXJor the further 
Defence of the Frontiers of this Colony, topurchafe the Indians Claim to Luads 
in this Colony ? it was carried for Sixteen Hundred Founds, as follows > 

For 



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YEAS. 


YEAS. 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Vangefon, 


Mr. Ogdin, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. Fijher, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Hoogland, 


Mr Learning, 


Mr. Vreeland, 


Mr. S//V*r, 



YEAS, 


NAYS, 


NAYS. 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Wetbtrilh 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. Learnings 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. W»7//r, 


Mr. S/;'«r, 


Mr. F/#/r, 


Mr. Af'Vftf{*. 


Mr. JW. 


Mr. Htagland. 
Mr. Vangefon. 





For £. 1 6,00, For Nothing. Foi^, ijoa: 

Mr.S/^vrn/, Mr. Pax fan, Mr. Wttbtrill, YAt.Vangtfon, 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Fijher. Mr. Learning, Mr. Clement, 

Mr Hwgland, Mr. Spicer, Mr. Hancock. 

Mr. Vrieland, Mr. JW, 

Mr. #W, . Mr. Middagb. 
Mr. Sm/r£, 

Then the Queftion was put, whether the Money fo advanced mould be re= 

paid into the Treafury by Lottery, or not ? and it was carried for a Lottery, 

as follows ; 

YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Yard, Mr. Wttbtrill, 

Mr. Middagb. Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. Pax/on, 
Mr. Clement. 

And then Mr. 2&W, with Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled,' 
An Aft /o impower certain Perfons to purchafe the Claims of the Indians to 
Land in this Colony j which was read three Times j and feveral Amendments 
being made thereto, on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill, as amended, be 
engroffed or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative, as follows ; 

YEAS, 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Ogden, 
Mr. y reel and, 
Mr. Read, 
Mr. Pax/on, 

Ordered, 
That the faid Bill as amended be engroffed. 

On a Motion made, and the Queftion put, whether the Officers and Men 
taken in Captivity at O/wego and Fort William-Henry, that have not yet been 
provided for by Law, mould be paid till the Time of their Death, or Return 
from Captivity ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Refolved, 

That Provifion be made in the next Supply Bill for their Payment." 

The Houfe adjourn'd 'till Eight o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 7 

Saturday, Auguft 12, 1758. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An A<fl to impower certain Perfons to purchafe 
the Claims of the Indians to hand in this Colony ; was read, and fundry Amend- 
ments being propofed, the fame were agreed to, and the Bill as amended was 
re-engroffed and compared ; and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill as re* 
engroffed, do pafs or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 

HAS. 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Ogden, 
Mr Fijher, 
Mr. Hoogland, 
Mr. Vreeland, 

Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spicer do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence* Thw 



YEAS. 


YEAS. 


NAYS. 


Mr. Vangejon, 


Mr. Learning, 


Mr. Wttbtrill, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. Spicer, 


Mr. Holmts, 


Mr. Paxfon, 


Mr. Yard, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. Stokes, 


Mr. Middagb. 


Mr. Milltr. 


Mr. Ladd, 







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The Petition? of the Inhabitants of the Townfhip of Bethlehem, Kihgwood, 
&V. in the County of Hunterdon, complaining of lbme cruel Ulage by aCourt- 
Martial, were read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That the Perfons concerned, do attend this Houfe at their next Sitting ; and 
that the Petitioners do ferve the Parties complained againft, with a Copy of 
this Order. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr.Spicer and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entruffed, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe being informed by the Speaker, that a Perfon made a Purchafe 
of Land, containing feveral Hundred or Acres in this Colony, in the Year J 722, 
got the Deed recorded at Ainboy, aid iocn ;fter went to Sta, and never yet re- 
turned to this Colonv again : And a few Years ago, a Perfon in this Province 
took out Letters of Administration on faid Purchafor's Eftate, though he was 
no Ways a-kin to him ; and then the Administrator's Mother, as (he was Exe- 
cutrix to the faid Administrator's Father, brought a Suit againft her Son, and 
declared againft him as Administrator, on an old Book of Accounts of near 
thirty Years Standing ; to which faid Adminiftraror confefs'd Judgment, with 
a great Sum of Intneit for laid Book-D.bt : By Virtue whereof, the laid Pur- 
chafor's Lands were fold by the Sheriff: Which Proceedings, if no: prevented 
by a Law for that PurpoSe, may diveft any Perfon of his Lands that dwells 
out of this Colony. 

The Houfe taking the fame into Consideration j 
Ordered, 

That it be deferred until the next Meeting of the Affembly, then to be con- 
sidered, whether it be proper or not, to prepare an Act to prevent the like Pro- 
ceeding for the Future. 

An Account of £. 71-4, charged to Col. Peter Schuyler, .'as Intereft on a 
Note he gave to Capt. John More ; as alfo the Sum of £. 43-S, Intereft on a 
Note given by faid Col. Schuyler to Francis Lewis, was Lid before the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the Consideration thereof be referred till faid Col. Schuyler's, Accounts 
come under the Infpeclion of this Houfe. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Woodruff, acquainting this Houfe, 
that the Council hive paifed the Bill, entitled, An A<£t for the further Dejence 
oj the Frontiers of this Colony of New-Jerfey, without Amendment. 

Purfuant to the Order of the Houfe the laft Seffion, Mr. Nevill laid before 
the Houfe, the Adts of Affembly of this Province, paffed fince the printing 
of the firft Volume. 
Ordered, 

That all the publick Ads paffed fince that time, and which Shall be in force 
while the faid Work is going forward, be committed to the P-efs, under the 
Management, Direction, Correction and Inflection of Mr. Nevill y and that he 
deliver Three hundred and twenty-three Books of the Said Laws, well bound 
in Sheep-Skin, to the Houfe of ASfembly, for the Ufeof the Province, at the 
Price of Tivo pence per fleet, with reafonable Allowance for binding : And that 
the faid Mr. Nevill have the Liberty of printing what Number he Shall think 
convenient and neceffary for Supplying the Publick with the faid Luvs, at the 
Price before-mentioned, for his own Ufe and Benefit : And that the Laws he 
printed by the King's Printer. Ordered, 



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Ordered, Nemine Contradicente, 
That Mr. Spicer and Mr. Wetherill waft upon his Excellency, and defire^ 1 
he would be pleafed to dilT^lvc the prefent Houfe of General AfTrmbly, as foon 
as the prefent Sellion expi.es, that ihe Country may have an Opportunity of 
a new Choice. 

t 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
A MefTage from the Council, by Mr. Aflfidd, acquainring this Houfe, that 
the Council had patted the Bill, entitled, An Adl to impower certain Per/ons 
to purchafe the Claims of the Indians to Land in this Colony, without Amend- 
ment. 

Mr. Paxfon, one of the Commiflbners appointed to fettle and pay for the 
Quartering of Soldiers for the Winter and Fall part, reported to the Houfe, 
that Charts Read, Hugh Hartjhorne, Efqrs, and himfclf hA performed that 
Service, and paid the following Sums of Money for that Pu r pofe, viz. 

To fundry Perfons in the Ci y of Burlington, the Sum of £. 695 - 16 - 4 
To fundry D 3 in Bordentown, the Sum of - - 200-04-7 

To fundry D° in Aliens-town, the S^m of - - 76-19-0 

To fundry D° in Mount-Holly, the Sum of - - 48 - 06 - r 

Miking in the Whole the Sum of - £. 102 1-06-0 ; 

Which being £. 23-14, lefs than they received out of the Treafury, the faid 
Sum of £. 23-14, was now repaid to Mr. Treafurer Smith, by Hugh Hartfc 
borne, To ail which the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, .... . ...•", 

That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Wetherill do wait on the Council, and defire 
to know, if they have any further Bufinefs before them ; if not, that this 
Houfe propofes to apply to his Excellency to be difmifb'd. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Wetherill and himfclf had delivered the above 
MefTage to the Council, who fay, they have no further Bufinefs before them. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Wetherill do wait on his Excellency, and defire 
he would pleale to pafs the Bills before him, and difmifs the Houfe, as they 
have no further Bufinefs before them. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Wetherill and. himfelf, delivered the MefTage 
of the H^ute with them entrufted to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, 
the Houfe fhould hear from him prefently. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

Mr. Speaker, 'his Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the At~ 
tendance of this Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait 
on his Excellency, who was pleafed to give his AfFent to the following Bills, 



enacting the fame. 

1 



I. An Act for the further Defence of the Frontiers of the Colony o/~New~ 
Jerfey. 
II. An A<2 for the Settlement and Relief of the Poor, 

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III. An Act for the Support of Government of his Majefiys Colony o/"New= 
Jerfev, to commence the Tw.nty-firfl Day of 'May, One Thoufand Seven 
Hundred and Fifty-eight, and to end the Twenty*- firfl oj May, One 
Thoujand Seven Hundred and Fifty-nine ; and to discharge the publick 
Debts, and contingent "Charges thereof, and for fettling the Quotas irt 
the rejpeilive Counties, and levying of a Provincial Tax. 

IV. An Ad to impower certain Perfons to purchafe the Claims of the Indians to 
Land in this Colony. 

V. An Act for altering 'one Part of a Six-Rods Road, which leads from Perth- 
Amboy Ferry to Burlington. 

VJ. An Aft to enable the Owners and Poffeffors of Come Meadows, Ma-f:es 
and Cripples^ in Maningtori, in the County oj Salem, to keep the Tide 
from overflowing the fame. 

And then his Excellency was pleafed to prorogue the Houfe by the following 
Speech. 

f 

'Gentlemen, 

THE dangerous Situation in which the American Provinces are put by 
this juft and neceffiry War, muft make me very cautious of diverting 
myfelf of the Advice and Affiitance of a General AfTembly, for an Inteival 
in which Events may happen, that may make it rood critic^U.y'neceffary for 
mc to call you together: And as you have already fat for. a Time fhort of 
what many former Aflemblies have been continued for ; I don't fee that 
there is any Occafion at prefent for me to run fuch a Rifle : But I will bear 
your Requefl in my Mind ; and when I think that I can comply with it, 
with Safety to the Country, will embrace the Opportunity. I thank you 
for your Gare in providing for the Support of his Majefty's Goverment, and 
for your ready Difpatch of fuch other Bufinefs as has come before you : 
And as this Seafon of the Year will make it very agreeable to you, to return 
to your Homes, I prorogue this General Affembly undl Tnurfday the twelfth 
Day of September next enfuing, to meet then at Perth- Amboy. 

Fra, Bernard. 



D2" Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do appoint James Parker of 
" Wood bridge, to print thefe Votes. 

Robert Lawrence 1 , 

Speaker. 



^F 



VOTES 



AND 



PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



General Affembly 



OF THE 



Province of New-Jerfey, 



AT a SESSION held at PERTH- AMBOY; began 
March^ 8, 1759, and continued to the 17th Day of the fame 
Month, and then prorogued to the 17th Day of April following. 




Woodbridge, in New-Jersey : 
Printed by James Parker, Printer to the Government, 1759. 



Votes of the General Ajfembly % 



PERTH-AM BOY, Thurfday, Mareh 8, 1759. 

PURSUANT to His Excellency's feveral Prorogations of the General Afiembly 
from Time to Time to this Day, a fufficient Number of the Members to pro- 
ceed upon Bufinefs met, and Mr. Smith produced a Letter he had received from 
Mr. Speaker, defiling him to inform the Members, that he was fo indifpofed in Body, 
as not likely to be able to attend this Seffion. Whereupon Mr. Nevill and Mr. Johnjlon 
were defired by the Members, to wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him therewith, 
and defire his Leave to choie another Speaker, in the Room of Robert Lawrence, Efqj 

Mr. Nevill informed the Members, that Mr. Johnjlon and himfelf, had delivered the 
MefTage with them intrufted to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, That he readily 
confented, that the Members (confidering the prefent Exigency) might proceed to the 
Choice of another Speaker, but that he thought it moft proper that he be chofen 
only pro tempore ; but fhould leave that Point to the Determination of the Members. 

The Members taking the above Matters into Confideration, and being of Opinion, 
that chufing a Speaker pro tempore, is not warranted by Cuftom of Parliament in fuch 
Cafes ; and therefore proceeded and choie the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; Speaker, 
in the Room of Robert Lawrence, Efq; and placed him in the Chair accordingly. 

Ordered, t 

That Mr. Wetherill and Mr. Stevens wait on his Excellency, and defire to be infor- 
med when the Houfe may attend him, to prefent their Speaker for Approbation. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Wetherill and himfelf, delivered the MefTage of the 
Houfe with them entrufted to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhould 
hear from him very foon. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, that 
his Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, ready to receive the Prefent ation of the Speaker. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait on his 
Excellency. Being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that the 
Houfe had waited on his Excellency, and prefented their Speaker ; and that his Ex- 
cellency was pleafed to declare his Approbation in the following Words : 

* Gentlemen, 

I Recommended to you, to chafe a Speaker pro tempore only; for which I 
have the Authority of my PredecefTor, and the Perfuafion of my own Judg- 
ment. But as you have been of a different Opinion, I will not put a Stop 
to Bufinefs on this Account : However, as this Question deferves to be well 
confidered before it has the Force of a Handing Rule ; I defire it may be 
remember'd, that my AfTent to your prefent Choice, is not to be made a 
Precedent upon future Occafions : Upon this Condition, I approve of the 
Election of your Speaker.' 

FRANCIS BERNARD. 

After which Mr. Speaker defired of his Excellency, that the Houfe might, at all 
Times, be protected in all their ufual Privileges : Which his Excellency readily 
granted. 

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And then his Excellency made a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Afiembly ; of 
which Mr. Speaker, to prevent Miftakes, obtained a Copy ; which, by Order, was 
read, and is in the Words following ; ' 

Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the General AJfimbly, 

HAVE had the Honour to have his Majefty's Commands fignified to me 
by Mr. Secretary Pitt, by which I am required to ule my utmoft En- 
' deavours, to induce you to raife, with all pomble Difpatch, at leaft as large 
' a Body of Men as you did for the lair Campaign, and as many more as the 

* Number of the Inhabitants of this Province may allow ; to act in Conjunction 
' with his Majefty's Britifi Forces, under the Command of his Commander in 
' Chief in America. I have therefore called you together as foon as I poffibly 

* could, that you may take this great and important Bufinefs into your imme- 
1 diate Conlideration. 

' When we reflect upon the happy Succefs that has lately attended his 
1 Majefty's Arms, we cannot fufficiently [adore the Divine Providence. The 
i Jultice of his Caufe, and the Steadinefs and Unanimity of his Councils, have 

* produced the dented Effecls ; and have mown, that France is not fo formi- 
c dable as her own Infolence, and the Timidity of her Neighbours, have here- 
' tofore reprefented her. 

' In Europe, by the extraordinary Virtue of one Man, the great and glorious 
' King of Prussia, fupported moderately by Great-Britain, we have fecn the 

* whole Land-force of Frame, affifted, as it has been, by its unnatural Alli- 
1 ance with moft of the Germanick and. Northern Powers, repulfed and kept 

* at Bay. By which lucky Diverfion, whilft they have been defeated and 
£ difabled in thofe Fields, where they chofe to exert their Force, they have 
' render'd themfelves defencelefs in all other Parts. Hence a Terror has been 

* ftruck throughout their Coafts ; their Fleets have been blocked up, their 
1 Fortifications have been dismantled, and their Shipping has been deftroyed in 
c their own Ports ; and their Trade has been ruined, by the cutting off their 

* Communication with their Colonies abroad. 

' In Africa they have loft the rich Settlement of Senegal. In the Wejl-Indies, 
' we have juft received certain Advice, that the valuable Ifland of Guadaloupe, 
' has been taken by our Forces. In North- America, their only Fortrefs of any 
' great Strength, fortified to the beft Advantage, defended by a large Garrifon, 
' and provided with all neceftary Stores, has been obliged to fubmit to the 
' Britijh Arms. And tho' another Expedition had not the Succefs that was 
' expecled, yet that Difappointment was, almoft immediately after, retrieved 
' by the taking Fort Frontenac, by a Detachment of Provincials : An Event, 
' which, if it had produced no other Advantage, than the Change it has con- 
' tributed to in the Minds of the Neighbouring Indians, is of the greateft Con- 
' fequence. 

1 Nor have our Negotiations Ln America been lefs fuccefsful than our Arms. 
1 At the Treaty of Eajton, (which was brought about by the wife Meafures of 
c - the Governor of Pennfyhania, and in which this Province bore a conliderable 

* and honourable Part) a firm Peace has been concluded between the confede- 

* rated Indians, with the Nations dependent on them, and the Englijh ; and 
( all Matters 1 of Difference between them, have been amicably and fully 
' adjufted. In Confequence of which, by the prudent and ftcady Conduct o( 

Brigadier- 



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1 Brigadier-General Forbes, the French have been obliged to abandon the Coun- 
' try about the Ohio : And thofe very Indians who had hitherto defended them. 
*■ in the Pofleflion of it, have received the Englifb, and defired to be reftored to 
' that good Friendibip, which they formerly had with them. We are aifo 
c afTured by them, that many Nations to the Wefhvard and Southward of that 

* Country, intend to take this Opportunity to put themfelves under the Pro- 
" tection of the Britijh Empire j fome renewing, and others now firft com- 
' mencing, an Alliance with the Englijh Nation. 

' Under thefe Circumftances, what have we not to hope for ? The Forces 

* that were before neceffarily divided, may now be conveniently united ; and the 
■ Subduer of Louijbourg is to command the Invafion of Canada. With this fair 
' Profpect before you, you would be injurious to yourfelves, as well as ungrate- 
' ful to your King, if you mould not contribute all in your Power to the 
' common Caule. 

' Gentlemen of the General Ajfembly, 

1 I fhall order the Letter I have received from Mr. Pitt, and one other 

* from Major-General Amherst, to be laid before you, under the Confidence 
' expreffed in them, that no unnecefTary Communication of the Defignations 

* mentioned therein mould be made. I mall alfo communicate to you, fome 
i Extracts from other Letters from General Amherst ; from all which, you 
' will perceive, that it is expected that you will fend into the Field this Year, 
' a greater Force than you did the laffc. I mufl therefore earneftly recommend 

* to you, that, if you think the Circumftances of the Province will poflibly 
' admit of it, you will make an Addition to the Number of the Forces granted 

* by you laft Year. I fhall have other Things to recommend to your Confide- 
' ration ; but till you have formed your Refolutions on this Bufinefs, I fhall not 
f interrupt it with any leifer Concerns. 

• Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the General Ajjembly, 

* I fhould trifle with you, if I was to endeavour to ufe any Arts of Perfuafion 
' on this Subject : Your own Breafts will furnifh you with more forcible Argu- 
' ments for exerting yourfelves to the utmoft of your Power at this critical Time, 
1 than I can fuggeft ; every Motive that can influence the human Mind to 
1 Action, muft incite you to this : Your Honour, your Intereft, your Religion, 
' your Property, your prefent Safety, and the Prefervation of your Pofterity; 

* in fhort, if you have a Mind to-have the Freedom and Independence of your 
' Country fecured to all future Times, the prefent is that, in which it mufl be 
' effe&ed.' 

Perth Ma^T 1 t l ' aa " !ber ' Francis Bernard. 

His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe the feveral Letters, &c 
referred to in his Speech : Which were alfb read. 
Ordered, 

That his Excellency's Speech, with the Letters and Papers aforefaid, have a fecond 
Reading To-morrow Morning. 

Refolved, 
That William Bloodgood be Door-keeper of this Houfe this Sefllon. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

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Friday , March 9, 1759. 

The Houfe met. 

* His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time ; and with the Letters therein 
referred to, was committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on his 
Excellency's Speech, and Matters aforefaid. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. 
Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported 
that the Committee had come to feveral Reiblutions ; which by Leave, he reported as 
follows : 

Refolved, 
That One Thoufand Men be raifed, to act in Conjunction with his Majefty's Regular 
Forces the enfuing Campaign ; and that the faid Number of Men mall conl'ift of Volun- 
teers only. To which the Houfe agreed. . 
Refolved, 
That for the Levying, Cloathing, and Paying the aforefaid Forces, and for other 
Services, there be immediately Fifty 'Thoufand Pounds ftruck in Paper Bills of Credit 5 
to be funk by Provincial Taxes, in the Years 1764, 1765, 1766, and 1767. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 
That for an Encouragement to the faid Volunteers to enter into the faid Service, 
there be allowed a Bounty of Twelve Pounds to each. To which the Houfe agreed. 

And Mr. Hancock, (in Behalf of fatd Committee) defired Leave to fit again. 
To which the Houfe agreed. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens, Mr. Learning, Mr. Yard, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Fijher, and Mr.- 
Ogden, be a Committee to prepare a Bill for the Purpofes abovefaid. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Stevens, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An AQifor raifing One Thoufand effective Volunteers, Officers included, for his 
Majefty's Service for the enfuing Campaign, and making Provifton for the fante t &c. 
Which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, in the Words following, 

' Gentlemen, 

TAVING been informed, that you have refolved to raife the fame Num- 
' XjL her of Men which you granted laft Year, I have fome few Things to 
' recommend to you, concerning the forming them for the beft Purpofes of 
' Service. 

* 1 . A Thoufand frefh Men are too many to be fitted for the Field by one 
' Set of Field-Officers : There fhould be two Majors ; and in fuch Cafe it will 
' be better to have two Colonels, than a Colonel and Lieutenant-Colonel. I 
' fhall thereby be able to form the Men into two Regiments or Battalions ; 
1 which I am defirous of doing on many Accounts ; particularly, as they will 
' thereby be fooner difciplined, and made more fervicable when in the Field. 

' 2. In the Regiment of laft Year, there were not Officers enough in Proportion 
' to the Men : Three Officers are EOt fufficient for a Company of One Hundred 
' Men : Among the Regulars there are four. I muff therefore recommend to 
: you, that you would either provide for Ten Companies, with four Officers 

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■ each, or for Twelve Companies with three Officers each. The latter is the 

* leaft expenfive, and I think the beft Method ; as it will facilitate the railing the 
« Men. 

•3. There muft be an Adjutant to each Regiment or Battalion. This necef- 

* fary Service was provided for laft Year from the Pay of Non-effective Drums : 
1 If you approve of it, it may be fo this Year. 

' 4. In the former Regiment, the Pay of the Serjeants and Corporals was 
' the fame. This is fubject to an Inconvenience ; for the Equality of Pay tends 

* to deftroy the Subordination ; befides, it leaves the Corporal nothing to expect 

* as the Reward of his doing well. I muft recommend to you, therefore, that 
' without increafing the Charge, you add fomething to the Serjeants Pay, and 

* take fomething, from the Corporals, that there may be a material Difference 
1 between them. 

• 5. The Men raifed for laft Year, were lifted to ferve to a certain Day : But I 
' hope it will not be fo this Year. It is impoffible to forefee, where and how 
1 the Men may be employed at any certain Day towards the End of this Year : 
c Poflibly they may be at fuch a Diftance, and engaged in fuch Bufinefs, as 
' will be very agreeable to you all, and which you would be very unwilling they 

* ftiould defert. I muft therefore particularly defire, that the Men may be 

* enlifted to ferve to the End of the Campaign : And will affure you, that they 

* fhall not be continued in Pay for any longer Time than the King's Service 

* fhall require, and that no unneceffary Expence fhall be incurred.' 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Saturday, March 10, 1759. 

The Houfe met. 

A MefTage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, in the Words following, 

' Gentlemen, 

'■ 7T am forry I am obliged to take Notice of your Difregard of" the MefTage I 
c X fent you Yefterday ■, every Word of which was dictated by my Concern 

* for the King's Service and your Credit. 

' In regard to the Article I moft earneftly recommended to you, the not con- 

* fining the Service of the Men fo much as it was laft Year, you have acted di- 

* rectly contrary, and have confined it more. For this is alledged the Example of 
' the AfTembly of New-York. But if you would make their Proceedings a Pre- 
' cedent for yours, you fhould do it in all Things, and grant a larger Bounty 

* and more Men : For to follow them in what makes againft the Service, and 

* to diffent from them in what makes for it, is to diftinguifh yourfelves to your 
' Difadvantage. 

' I therefore defire, that you would reconfider that Article : For to me, there 
' feems to be not the leaft Probability of the Campaign's being over on the Firft 
'• of November next.' 

March 10, , 7S9 . F RA NC IS B ER NA R D. 

The Bill, entided, An Act for raiftng One Thoufand effective Volunteers, Officers inclu- 
ded, for bis Majefty's Service in the enfuing Campaign, and making Provifion for the fame % 
&c. was read the fecond Time ; and fundry Amendments being made thereto, the fame 
a* amended, waa agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrofled. 

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Ordered, 
That Mr . Hancock and Mr. Learning do wait on his Exeellency, and in A nfver to his 
Menage of this Day, inform him, that this Houfe do not conceive that they have treated 
his MefTage of Yeilerday with any Difrefpeft, having taken the feveral Matter:; therein 
referred to, into their Confideration : And altho' they did not think it expedient to fall 
into all the Meafures recommended, it was only in Confequence o:' their diffei ing in 
Opinion with his Excellency ; a Right which they ought, in Duty to their Confcituents 
and themfelves, at all Times to exercife •, and fince the MefTage or this Day, they have 
reconfidered the fame, and are of Opinion, that there wiil no Difficulty arife in If vying, 
the Troops from the Sum allotted as a Bounty ; and that the Difficulty and Diftrefs our 
Troops met with in their- Return home from the Camp the laft Campaign, induced the 
Houfe to provide for them no longer than the firft of November ; after which Time 
the Weather is ufually very inclement in thole Parts where we fuppofe theOp;ratio.;i of 
the Campaign may be ; and we are further confirmed in the Rectitude of this Resolu- 
tion, by the Practice of our neighbouring Colonies. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock, Mr. Miller, Mr. Holmes, and Mr. Clement, be **a Committee, ta 
bring in a Bill for continuing the Five Pound Ac!:, the Attachment Adt, and the Fifteen 
Pound Aft. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Monday, March 12, 1759. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Learning and himfelf delivered the Meffage of Satur- 
day laft, with them entrufted, to his Excellency. 

Mr. Hancock from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Act for continuing feveral Acls of the General Ajfembly of this Colony, which 
will expire at the End of this prefent Seffion by their own Limitation : Which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. , 

The Houie again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to further 
confider his Excellency's Speech : After fome Time ipent therein, Mr. Speaker relumed 
the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Com- 
mittee had gone through the Matters to them referred, and come to a Refolution, that 
an humble Addreis be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfvver to his Speech. To which 
the Houfe agreed. , , 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith, Mr. Read, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Spicer, and Mr. Fijher, be a Com- 
mittee to prepare the Draught of an Addreis to his Excellency. 

Ordered, ' 
That Mr. Hancock, Mr. Learning, Mr. V/etherill, and Mr. Yard, be a Committee to 
prepare and bring in a Bill for the Support of Government. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Spicer, Mr. Hoogland, Mr. Vangefon, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Vreland, 
Mr. Miller, Mr. Clement, and Mr. Middagh, be a Committee to examine and fettle the 
feveral Accounts of the Commiflioners and other Perfbns appointed for laying out Money 
in Behalf of this Colony, yet outftanding, and make Report thereof to the Houfe. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from a Number of the Inhabitants of King's- 
Town, fetting forth, That a Number of his Majefty's Regular Forces, laft Fall was a 
Year ago, got Pofleffion of a Houfe, and Out-houfes of Samuel Nelfon, in King's-Town* 
who then refided in New-York, and kept the PofT.flion of the lime till the Spring 

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following, whereby the faid Nelfon fuffered very confiderable Damage in r his faid Buil- 
dings ; praying Satisfaction may be made him for his faid Damages : "Which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Home, from Samuel Woodward, one of the Captains 
in the Jerfey Regiment"; fetting forth, That he has expended confiderable Sums of 
Money in paying his Men Wages, which he has not yet received ; and that he has 
been a confiderable Time a Prilbner among the French, and has received no Wages 
for the fame, fince, or during his Captivity ; praying Relief in the Premifes : "Which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from John Lawrence, fetting forth, That he i s 
poffeffed of a Trad of Land in Mansfield, in the County of Burlington, through whic n 
a fmall Creek runs called Malago Run, navigable only for fmall Flats at High Water ; 
praying an Act for damming or flopping the lame : Which was read •, and it appearing 
to the Houfe, that the laid Petitioner hath given publick and timely Notice of this Ap- 
plication, and no Objections appearing againft che fame, 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petitioner have Leave to bring in a Bill agreeable to the Prayer of his 
Petition. 

"Whereupon Mr. Smith, in his Behalf, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Act to enable 
John Lawrence, of the City of Burlington, to Jlcp outJheTidej &c. which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Memorial was prefented to the Houfe, from Jonathan Hampton, late Victualler on 
the Frontiers, fetting forth, That he had provided Provifion for only Fifty Men, and 
that the latter End of May, Detachments from the Militia of the Counties were lent 
up, which he was ordered to victual ; which he did, at a very dear Rate, until his Sue- 
ceflbr undertook the fame in September following, when Provifions began to be cheap : 
And that he was out of Pocket by Reafon of the Militia's being fent up as aforefaid, 
at lead Sixty Five Powids, more than his ufual Allowance : And that he had built feveral 
Store-Rooms at the Forts : And that the Militia having no Provifion made for their 
Pay, he was neceffitated to advance for their Necefiities ; and many he wholly paid off : 
And that feveral Articles were omitted in the Settling his Accounts formerly ; defiring 
the Houfe to confider him in the above Premifes : Which was read, and ordered a 
fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from George Potter, fetting forth, That he was 
a Soldier in the Jerfey Regiment ; that he was taken Prilbner on Lake-George the Sum- 
mer before laft, and carried to Canada, and from thence to Europe ; and that he has 
not received his "Wages for the Time of his Captivity ; praying Allowance for the fame; 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Robert Ifeljline, fetting forth, That laft 
Winter he fupplied feveral of the Soldiers belonging to the Jerfey Regiment, taken Pri- 
foners at Ofwego, and returned from Captivity, with Provifions and other Neceffaries, in 
hopes of Satisfaction being made him by this. Colony. And that one John Warren, one 
of the Pnfoners aforefaid, was taken Care of by the Petitioner, in a long, expenfive 
and tedious Sicknefs, whereof he died ; praying that a reafonable Allowance may be 
made him for the Services and Expences aforefaid : Which was read, and ordered a 
fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from three of the Soldiers late belonging to 
the Jerfey Regiment, that were taken Captives at the Reduction of Fort William-Henry, 
and from thence were carried Prifoners to Canada, where they underwent great Hard- 
fhips before their Return home ; praying that the Houfe will take their Cafe into 
Confideration, and grant fuitable Relief; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Two Petitions, one from Daniel Price, a Prifoner for Debt in the Goal of Perth- 
Amboy ; and the other from John Woolfey, a Prifoner for Debt in Trenton Goal ; were 

both 



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bodi prefented to die Houfe, fetdng forth their diftreffed Circumftances, and utter Ina- 
bility to diicharge their Debts ; praying to be releafed trom their Confinements/, which 
were read, and ordered a fecond Reauings. 

Mr. Hancock, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofc, brought in a Bill for 
the Support of Government : which was read, and ordered a iecond Reading. 

Ordered, 
That the Treafurer of the Eaftern Divifion of this Colony, do lay his Accounts 
before this Houfe j and tha; the Clerk ferve him witn a Con*, of this Order. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from Catherine £* m and Anne Pidgeon, fet- 
ting forth, That they are feized in Fee of a certain Tract of Land, lying the Eaft Side 
of Center-Town, in Middlefex County, -which is conveniently fituated lor a Townihip j 
and that the 2'ork Road now runs acrofs faid Land, in fuch a Manner as prevents the 
Petitioners from laying out Lots with any Conveniency for fettling a Townihip as afore- 
faid -, therefore praying a Law to alter • laid Road to a greater Convenience of the Peti- 
tioners ; which was read; « 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill, agreeable to the Prayer of their 
Petition, at the next Sitting of Affembly, provided puhlick Notice of this Application 
and Order, be given in the publick News-Papers of New-Fork and Philadelphia, at 
lead one Month before the Sitting of faid, Affembly, and no Objections appearing againft 
the fame. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Cloek. 

luefday, March 13, 1759. 
The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to enable John Lawrence, of the City of Burlington, to flop 
out the Tide from. overflowing his Marfh, &c. was read the iecond Time, and agreed 
to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engroffed. 

The Bill for Support of Government ; was read the fecond Time, and committed 
to a Committe of the' Whole Houie. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on the 
Bill for Support of Government : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker relumed 
the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Commit- 
tee had made fome Progrefs in the Bill to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. 
To which the Houfe agreed. 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Yard, be a Committee to bring in a Bill, for the further 
Prefervation of Timber in the Colony o/New-Jerfey. 

Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed for drawing the Draught of an Addrefs 
to his Excellency, reported, that they had prepared the fame ; which, by Leave, he 
read, and delivered in at the Table, where the fame being again read, and feveral 
Amendments made thereto, was agreed to by the Houie, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, entided, 
An Act for the further Prefervation. of Timber in the Colony of New-Jeriey ; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from fundry Freeholders and Inhabitants of 
the County of Gloucejler, fetting forth, the great Damage and Inconveniences many of 
the faid Inhabitants fuftain, by Reafon of a 1 Dam formerly erected acrofs Woodberry- 
Creek, whereby the Navigation thereof is intirely prevented ; praying that the faid Creek 
may be again opened by the Removal of faid Dam ; which was read, and ordered a 
fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. The 



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The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for continuing feveral Acls of the General Affembly of this 
Colony, which -will expire at the End of this prefent Seffon, by their o,ivn Limitation ; was 
read the fecond Time, and agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrols'd. 

The Memorial of Jonathan Hampton x was read the fecond Time, aijd referred to the 
Committee on the Bill for Support of Government. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from Robert Sproul, of • the City of Perth- 
Amboy ; fetting forth, That feveral of the Soldiers belonging to the Jerfey Regiment, 
that were taken Prifoners at Ofwego, at their Return into this Colony, were fupported 
by the then Widow Elizabeth Rattoone, now the Wife of the Petitioner ; for which 
neither the laid Widow or the Petitioner has received any Compenfation ; prayino- that 
the Houfe will take the fame into Confideration, and grant a proper. Relief ; which was 
read, and referred to the Confideration of the Committee on the Support Bill. 

A Memorial was prefented to the Houfe, from Col. John Parker ; fetting forth, That 
in April laft he prefented a Memorial to the Houfe, wherein he informed the Houfe 
that while he was at Fort IVilliam-Henry, he ordered a Parcel of Shirts and Stockino-s 
from Albany, for the Ufe of the New-Jerfey Regiment, when under his Command^ 
all which arrived at the Fort a fhort Time before the Surrender thereof; which, as he 
had not an Opportunity of delivering out, were taken at that Place ; and that he was 
informed, an Account of fuch Neceffaries bought, and Proof of his intending them 
for the Ufe of faid Regiment, without any Advantage to himfelf, was requefted by the 
Houfe, in order to their granting Allowance for the fame •, and that he had now 
produced fuch Proof thereof as he hopes will be fatisfactory to the Houie ; prayino- 
Allowance for the fame ; which was read ; and the Houfe taking the fame into Con° 
fideration ; a Debate arifing thereon, the Queftion was put, Whether the faid John 
Parker's Accounts, amounting to £.305: 10:7. be akWed, or not? It was carried in 
the Affirmative, as follows ; 

YEAS. YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Free/and, Mr. Learning, JVJr. Wetberill 

Mr. Johnfton, Mr. Vangefon, Mr, Spicer, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Read, Mr. Tart, Mr. Hoogla'nd, 

Mr. Fijher, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Middagb, 

Three Members being prefent in the Houfe, were excufed from giving their Votes 
on the above Queftion. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Sarah Morris, Widow of George Morris, 
one of the late Soldiers in the Jerfey Regiment, who was killed at Fort William-Henry ; 
praying that fhe may receive the Arrears of Wages due to her Hufband at his Deceafe ; 
which was read, and referred to the Committee on the Bill for Support of Government. 

The Petition from Kingslon, for Allowance to be made to Samuel Nelfon, for the 
Damage done to his Houfe. 

The Petition of George Potter, for his Wages while in Captivity. 

The Petition of Robert Ifelftine, for Satisfaction for keeping and fupporting Soldiers 
at their Return from Captivity. And, 

The Petition of three of the Jerfey Regiment, for their Wages while in Captivity, 
before read in the Houfe ; were all read the fecond Time, and committed to the Com- 
mittee on the Support Bill. 

1 he Houfe dgain refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on the Bill for 

Support of Government : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the 

.hair, and Mr. Hancock^ Chairman of faid Committee, reported, that the Committee 

had made fome further Progrefs in the Bill to them referred, and defircd Leave to fie 

again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

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William McBaniel, a Lieutenant in the Jerfey Regiment, exhibited to the Houfe, an 1 
Account againft the Colony, for Money paid feveral of the Soldiers offaid Regiment 
while in Captivity, and returning home •, which was read, and referred to the Confide - 
ration of the Committee on the Support Bill. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Wednefday, March 14, 1759. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofs'd Addrefs to his Excellency, was read and compared, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Mr. Spicer, one of the Committee of Correfpondents, laid before the Houfe, feveral 
Letters he had received from the Agent ; which were read. 
Ordered, 

That the Committee of Correfpondents, write to the Agent of this Colony, at the 
Court of Great-Britain, defiring him to defift from any further Solicitations for an Emif- 
fion of Paper Money by Way of Loan, in this Colony. 

The Petition of feveral of the Inhabitants of Gloucefter County, praying for the open- 
ing of Woodberry Creek ; was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners, with their Opponents, attend the Houfe of AfTembly, the Fourth 
or Fifth Day of the next Meeting of the Houfe at Burlington, in order to fupport their 
Allegations for and againft the faid Petition •, and that the Petitioners ferve their Opponents 
with timely Notice of this Order. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act for the further Prefervation of Timber in the Colony of 
New- Jerfey, was read the fecond Time •, and feveral Amendments being thereunto 
made, was agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

The engrofs'd Bill, entitled, An A£b for raifing One Thoufand effective Volunteers, 
Officers included, for his Majejlys Service in the en filing Campaign, eJV. was read, and 
compared •, and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pafs or not ? it was carried 
in the Affirmative, as follows ; 

TEAS. ' 2'EAS. TEAS. NATS. 

Mr. Stcuem, Mr. Fijber, Mr. Read, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. Jobnflon, Mr. Hoogland, Mr, Hancock, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Wetberill, Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Yard, Mr. Spicer, 

Mr. Ogden, Mr. Fangefon, Mr. Middagb, 

(Several Members being prefent in the Houfe, were excufed from giving their Voices 
in the above Queftion.) 
Refolved*, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Read, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, and defire 
their Concurrence thereto. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, in the Words following, 

' Gentlemen, 
<■ X Hereby fend to you a Letter which I have received from his Excellency 
< _|^ Governor Dobbs. lam wholly of his Opinion, and fhould recommend to 
' you, to join in the Application he mentions, if I could learn that any of the 
c neighbouring Provinces had refolved upon it : But till fome of them have taken 
' the Lead, it will be too premature a Step for us to take.' 

aw i+>I 759. FRANCIS BERNARD. 

The 



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The Letter referred to in the above Menage, was alfo read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Treafurerof the Eaftern Divifion of this Colony, agreeable to the Order of the 
Houfe, laid his Accounts before the Houfe. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from James Godfery and David Cor/en, fetting 
forth, that a Petition was prefented to the Houfe laft Seffion, from fundry Perfons rea- 
ding in Cape-May, praying that the Petitioners, for the Reafons therein contained, might 
be enabled to ere<fl a Toll Bridge, at a Place called the Faft Landing, acrofs Cedar Swamp 
Creek, in the County aforefaid; and that the prefent Petitioners had no Objections againft 
eredting a Bridge, as propofed by the former Petitioners, provided the fame might 
be a Draw or Swinging Bridge, and that it extend from the Land of Jeremiah Corfen, 
acrofs faid Creek ; which was read, and referred to the next Seffion of Affembly at 
Burlington. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Read and himfelf delivered the Bill with them en- 
trufted, to the Speaker of the Council . 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An KB. for continuing fever al Alls of the General Affembly 
of this Colony, &c. was read and compared ; and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable John Lawrence, of the City of Burling- 
ton, to flop out the 'Tide from overflowing his Marfh, &c. was read and compared ; and 
on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Yard and Mr. Vangefon, do carry the above Bills to the Council for Con- 
currence. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock, Mr. Learning, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Fifher, Mr. Yard and Mr. 
Clement, be a Committee to join a Committee of the Council, to infpect the Eaftern 
Treafurer's Accounts, and burn the cancelled Money in his Hands, and make Report 
thereof to this Houfe ; and that Mr. Spicer and Mr. Vreeland, do inform the Council 
thereof, and defire them to appoint a Committee for that Purpofe, and Time and Place 
of Meeting. 

Mr. Yard reported, that Mr. Vangefon and himfelf, delivered the Bills with them 
er.trufted to the Council. 

Mr. Spicer reported, that Mr. Vreeland and himfelf, delivered the Meffage with them 
fntrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ogden rand Mr. Fifher, do wait on his Excellency, and defire to be informed, 
when he will be waited upon by the Houfe with their Addrefs. 

Mr. Fifher reported, that Mr. Ogden and himfelf, delivered the Meffage with them en- 
trufted to his Excellency ; who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe mould hear from him 
very foon. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Afhfield, in the following Words, 

1 Ordered, 



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<■ Ordered 
1 That Mr. Kemble, Mr. AJhfield and Mr. Woodruff', be a Committee, to join thef 

* Committee or the Houfe of Affembly, to infpeft the Eaftern Treasurer's Accounts, &c- 

* and that Mi - . Aflofield do inform the Houfe of Affembly thereof, and that To-morrow 

* Morning, at the Treafurer's Office, be the Time and Place of Meeting.' 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, that his 
Excellency is in the Council Chamber, ready to receive the Addrefs of the Houle. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait on his Ex- , 
cellency : Being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that the Houfe 
had waited on his Excellency, and prefented their Addrefs, in the Words following. 

To His Excellency FRANCIS BERNARD, Efq; Captain General and Governor 
in Chief in and over his Majeftys Province of New-Jerfey, and Territories 
thereon depending in America, Chancellor, and Vice-Admiral in the fame, &c. 

May it pleafe your Excellency, 

717 'E his Majeftys dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentatives of the Colony 
*V of New-Jerfey, in General Affembly convened, have taken Mr. Secretary 
Pitt\j Letter into Conf deration ; and in Put -fiance of the Method propofed, have, 
•without JLofs of Time, gone through the Neceffary Meafures for compleating the 
Levies, with all the Expedition that the Nature of the Cafe fee ms to require. 

We concur with your Excellency, that the happy SucCefs which has lately attended 
his Majeftys Arms, is afufficient Caufe to adore the Divine Providence. Thofe 
who can foon forget the Difference between the Situation of Things now, and but a 
little Timepafl, mufl let very diflinguiflnng Turns of fuperior Direction foon ejeape 
their Notice, and but unthankfully receive the Blejings, that infinite Wifdom has 
been pleafed to render very confpicuous among our Fellow Subjects of the Englifh 
Nation: A Memento, that to a conf derate Mind is not lefs extraordinary in its 
Nature, than it is a flan ding Obligation to Vigilance and Gratitude. 

When we reflect upon the late happy Change, as reflricted to Indian Affairs ; the 
Part your Excellency bore in the promoting, and afterwards in the happy Execution 
of the Treaty at Eafton ; and this, thd almoft one of the firft Acts of your Govern- 
ment, and againft very popular Prejudices, we mufl acknowledge your Excellency is 
intituled to the Thanks of the Publick : The Event has proved the Wifdom of the Ac- 
tion, and we hope the Succefs will fill continue to evince its Utility. 

As it was butjufl, to repair any Overfghfs ref peeling Indian Pur chafes in this 
Province, if any juch there were ; we cannot therefore but approve of vour Excel- 
lency s Conduct, in Conjunction with the Commiffioners for Indian Affairs ; and 
with Pleafure reflect, that whatever Omifjions there may have formerly been, the 
fame are now compleatly fupplied ; and the whole Province (excepting a fmall Claim 
of Totamie'j, and fitch Lands as the Indians hold by Englifh Titles, in a Manner 
common to all Freeholders,) entirely exempted from Indian Claims, both to cur and 
their full Satisfaction. 

By Order of the Houfe, 

Houfe rf Affembly, SAMUEL NEVILL, Speaker. 

March 14, 1759. * 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'CJock. 

Thuffday, 



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v Thurfday, March 15, 1759.' 

The Houfe met. 

On a Motion made, the Oueftion was put, whether the Affair relating to the Petition 
for dividing the County, or Removal of the Court-Houfe of the County of Hunterdon, 
be poftponld till the End of the prefent War, or not ? It was carried in the Affirmative, 

as follows, „ _ r , „ . 

TEAS. TEAS. , TEAS NATS. 

Mt.Stevens, Mr HocglanJ, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Ogien, 

Mr. Jobnfton, Mr. ra»ge6m> Mr. Miller, Mr . Vreelani, 

Mr. Welbirill, Mr. ReaJ, Mr. learning, Mr. Yard 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Smith, Mr. Sftcer, Mr. MMagh, 

Mr. Filler, Mr. Clement. 

The Petition of Capt. Samuel Woodward, was read the fecond Time; and the fajd 
Woodward was called before the Houfe, and alledging that a corffiderable Sum ot Money 
is due to him ; the fame was examined into as far as he had Evidence to lay before the 
Houfe j but it appearing that the then Paymafter had drawn Money out of the Treafury, 
and is fully impowered to fetde all Capt. Woodward's lawful Demands ; 

That the Settlement of faid Matter, be referred to the faid Paymafter; and that it is 
the Senfe of this Houfe, the fame fhould be fetded as foon as may be. 

Refolved, . . _ 

That a Gratuity be made Capt. Woodward in Consideration of his grievous buffer- 
ings, and the Omiffion of charging Six Months Pay ; for five Men, and that the faid 
Gratuity be One Hundred Pounds. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committe of the whole Houfe, on the Bill 
for Support of Government : After fome Time fpent therein, , Mr. Speaker returned 
the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Commit- 
tee had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral Amendments thereto; and that by 
faid Bill when paffed into a Law, there is to be paid, 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard, Efq; Governor of this Colony, at the Rate 
of One Thoufand Pounds, per Annum. 

To Samuel Nevill, Efq; Second Juftice of the Supreme Court, Twenty Five Pounds* 
per Annum. 

To Richard Saltar, Efq; Third Juftice of the Supreme Court, Twenty-five Pounds, 
per Annum. 

To Cortland Skinner, Efq; Attorney General of this Colony, Thirty Pounds, per 
Annum. 

To^Andrew Johnfion and Samuel Smith, Efqrs, Treafurers of this Colony, Forty 
Pounds per Annum, each. 

To Charles Read, Efq; Clerk of the Council, Thirty Pounds per Annum. 

To Richard Partridge, Efq; Agent of this Colony at the Court of Great-Britain, 
Eighty Pounds per Annum. 

To John Smith, Efq; Clerk of the Circuits of this Colony, Twenty Pounds per Annum. 

To the Doorkeeper of the Council, Ten Pounds per Annum. 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard, Efq; Sixty Pounds per Annum, for Houfe-Rent, 
provided he makes Amboy or Burlington the Place of his Refidence. 

To the Chief- Juftice, or any one of the Juftices of the Supreme Court, for holding 
Courts of Oyer and Terminer, in Manner prefcribed by faid Aft, the Sum of Ten 
Pounds each Time. 

To each of the Council, for the Time they fhall attend at any Sitting of General 
Affembly, during the Continuance of faid Aft, Sir* Shillings per Diem. 

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To the Clerks of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, for their Attendance, the Sum of 
Eight Shillings per Diem ; alio Four-pence per Sheet, reckoning Ninety Words to the 
Sheet, for entering the Minutes fair in the Book, and copying the Laws and Minutes for 
the Printer: Alfo, to Abraham Clark, jun. one of the Clerks, Twenty Pounds, for a Pen, 
Ink and Paper, at this and former Sittings. 

To the Secretary, for Charges attending ExprefTes to this Time, the Sum of Seventeen 
Pounds Two Shillings and Four-pence : And, 

To Andrew Johnfton, Efq; for Charges attending ExprefTes, Two Pounds Two Shillings. 

To each of the Treafurers of this Colony, Six-pence -per Pound, for exchanging rag- , 
ged and torn Bills of Credit : And to each of the faid Treafurers, the Sum of Fifteen 
Pounds, for their extraordinary Services. 

To Samuel Nevill, Efq; for extraordinary Services, Twenty-five Pounds per Annum, 
during the Abfence of a Chief- Juitice : And to the faid Samuel Nevill, Efq; in full for 
his extraordinary Services, from the Time of Mr. Aynfleys Death, till the Twenty-firft 
of May next, Twenty-two Pounds. 

To James Parker, or any other Printer hereafter appointed for printing the Minutes of 
the Houfe, during the Continuance of faid Act ; as alio for printing the Laws palled at 
any Sitting as aforefaid, fuch Sums as Charles Read, John Stevens, Hendrick Fijher, John 
Johnfton, Henry Pax/on, £nd John Ladd, Efquires, or any two of them, ihall agree to 
be paid for laid Services. 

To the Serjeant at Arms who fhall attend the Council, Three Shillngs per Diem. 

To the Serjeant at Arms who fhall attend the Houfe of Reprefentatives, Thres 
Jhillings per Diem. 

To the Door-keeper of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, for his Attendance, Three 
{killings and fix-pence per. Diem. 

To John Johnfton, Efq; to pay for a Room for the Affembly, Twenty firillings per 
Week ; and to pay fo much for Fire-wood and Candles ufed at this Sitting, as the 
fame do coft. 

To Andrew Johnfton, Efq; the Sum of Fifteen Jhillings per Week, to pay for the 
Ufe of a Room, Fire-wood and Candles for the Council, during any Sitting within the 
faid Term. 

To Charles Read, Efq; to pay for the Redemption of Sarah Decker from the Indians, 
Fifteen Pounds. 

To Abraham Clark, jun. in full of his Account, for copying Laws to fend home, 
and other Services, the Sum of Fourteen Pounds One /hilling and Two-pence. 

To each of the Members of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, for their Attendance at 
any Sitting during the faid Term, the Sum of Six fhillings per Diem. 

And that by a Claufe in faid Bill, provided for defraying fundry incidental Charges, 
there is to be paid (out of the Money made current for the Service of the prefent War) 
to Jonathan Hampton, any Sum not exceeding One Thoufand Nine Hundred Pounds, that_ 
Mr. Spicer, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Fijher, and Mr. Yard, or any two of 
them, fhall certify to be due to him, for Pay of the Militia lent up on the Frontiers, 
and other Services by him performed. 

To Col. John Parker, Three Hundred and Five Pounds Ten firillings and feven-per.ee, in 
full for Money difburfed for Shirts and other Articles, to the Regiment of this Colony, 
then under his Command. 

To John Stevens and Jofeph Yard, Efquires, or either of them, fuch Sums of 
Money, as they find necellary for difchar'ging Arrearages due to any 'of the Officers 
or Soldiers in any of the former Regiments of this Colony, and fuch as have been 
taken Captive, till their Death, or Return into this Colonv. 

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To Thomas Bartow and John Smyth, to pay Jane Syers, for Damage done by the 
King's Troops, fuch a Sum as will make her a reafonable Compenfation for her 
Damage. 

To Capt. Samuel Wood-ward, in Confideration of his Sufferings, and exelufive of his 
Pay ; and in full for fix Months Pay of five Men, the Sum of One Hundred Pounds. 

To Capt. Rufco, in part of his Claim againft this Colony, Seventy fix Pounds. 

Which Bill being read in the Houfe, was agreed to, and ordered to be engrofs'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofs'd Bill, entitled, An Act for the Support of Government of his Majefty's 
Colony of New-Jerfey, to commence the Twenty-firft Bay of May, One Thoufand feven- 
Hundred and Fifty Nine, and to end the Twenty fir ft Day of May, One Thou find 
feven Hundred and Jixty, &c. was read, and compared ; and on theQueftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft fcr the further Prefervation of Timber, &V. 
was read and compared ; and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spicer do carry the above Bills to the Council, for their 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Spicer and himfelf, delivered the Bills with them 
ena-ufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Woodruff, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have pafs'd the Bill, entided, An Aft /or rafing One Thoufand effeclive Volun- 
teers, &c. Andalfo, the Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable John Lawrence, of the City of 
Burlington, to flop out the Tide from overflowing his Marjh, &c. without any Amend- 
ments. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Michael Hays, and Mary his Wife, 
letting forth, That Thomas Alftone, late Hufband of the faid Mary Hays, on the nth 
Day of March, 1756, in croffing New-Tor k Bay, unfortunately got drowned, having 
in his Pocket a confiderable Quantity of Money, among which was the Sum of One 
Hundred and Ten Pounds, in Jerfey Bills of Credit ; which, with the Body of the faid 
Thomas Alftone, was intirely loit, and has not fince been heard of; praying, that the 
faid Money fo loft, >may be made up to the Eftate of faid Deceaied ; which was 
read, and- ordered a fecond Reading. 

On a Motion made, 

Refolved, 
That it is the Opinion of this Houfe, That if the Commiffioners allow the Lieute- 
nants and Enfigns belonging to the Regiment of this Colony, better Cloaths than the 
common Soldiers ; it will be allowed in their Accounts. 
Refolved, 
That if the faid Commiffioners allow to the Officers Twelve Tents, they will be 
allowed in their Accounts. 
Refolved, 
That it" the faid Commiffioners provide Thirty Great Coats for the faid Regiment, 
they will be allowed in their Accounts. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, informing the Houfe, That his 
Excellency requires the Attendance of the Houfe in the Council Chamber immediately. 

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Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait on his 
Excellency : Being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that trie 
Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to give his Aflent to the following 
Bill, enacting the fame, viz. 

An Act for raifing One Thou/and effective Volunteers (Officers included) for his Majejly's 
Service the enfuing Campaign, and making Provifion for the fame ; and for other Purpofes 
therein mentioned. 

After which his Excellency made a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Aflembly ; 
of which Mr. Speaker faid he had (to prevent Miilakes) obtained a Copy ; which was 
ordered to be read ; and is in the Words following, 

' Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the General Afeinbly, 

* T THANK you for the fpeedy Difpatch of this important Bufinefs : The 
c X. Readinefs and Unanimity with which you have proceeded therein, are 
c manifest Proofs of your Duty to the King, and Zeal for his Service. I am 
'. fenfible, that the Proportion of your Contribution to the common Caufe, 
c ought not to be reckoned by the Number of your Forces only : The Manner 

• in which you cloath and furnifh them, and the Punctuality with which you 
' compleat your Numbers, (in both which you exceed almoft all other Colonies) 
' make your Men both more expenfive, and more ferviceable; and the large 
' Sums you are obliged to raife for this Purpofe, will, I hope, fufficiently 
' prove, that your Efforts on this Occafion, are the greateft that you think 
\ the Circumstances of the Province will bear. In this Light I {hall reprefent 
' you to fuch of his Majefty's Ministers, as I Shall have the Honour to write 
« to. 

' Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

c When I fpoke to you at the Opening of this Seffion, I told you, that as 
c foon as you had formed your Refolutions on this Bufinefs, I mould have other 
c Things to recommend to you ; accordingly I now propofe to you, to confider 
c of the keeping up your Frontier Guard ; the Provifion for which, will expire 
' on the Twenty-firft of May next. It is a Bufinefs that ought to be well 
' weighed : On the one Hand, there is, to all Appearance, a perfect: Peace with 

• the Indians in that Neighbourhood ; and thofe at a Diftance have given ffrong 
' Affurances of their Intentions to live in Friendship with the Englifh : On the 

c other Hand, you know very well, that thefe Profeflions, however fincere s 
' when they are made, are not always to be depended upon in their Confe- 
' quences. Trifling Caufes ; a Mifunderftanding with our People on the 
c Frontiers ; a falfe Report circulated with Credit ; a little Advantage gained 

* over us by the French, or, too quick a Progrels in our Advantages over them, 
' have, at different Times, occafioned the Indians to invade our Frontiers, 
4 when we have been lulled in a fatal Security, trufting to the Sincerity of 
' friendly Profeflions, and the Faith of folcmn Treaties : You will therefore 
' confider well, whether it be advifable to leave the Frontiers intirely defencelefs. 
' However, I fliall think it proper at this particular Time, to difband the whole 
' Frontier Guard ; and if you fliould think it ncceffary to keep a Guard on the 
' Frontiers, they will be eafily raifed, after the Regiment is fent into the Field. 

' Another Thing I have to recommend to you, is, to confider of fomft 
' Means to carry on a Trade with the neighbouring Indians : I have been aflured 
' by thofe that are well acquainted with Indian Affairs, that the flrmefl: Peaca 

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t you can make with them will not be durable, unlefs you keep up an Inttr- 

< courfe with them to their Advantage ; and this is to be effected beft by Trade, 
1 which may be made to turn to your Advantage alfo. This Trade mould be 
' publick, and not private ; as the latter, by its felfifh and unconfcionable 

* Conduct, frequently does more Harm than Good. This public Trade maybe 
' either managed by Commimoners on Account of the Province, or by an 
c incorporated Company, with a joint Stock, with an Exclufion of private 
c Traders in either Cafe. The Trading-Houfe mould be fortified and garri- 

* foned, as well to prevent Surprife, as to command Refpect. This mould be 
' done at the Charge of the Province ; and in one Cafe, may be confidered as 

* Part of the Expences of the Trade ; in the other, as a Bounty for the En- 
' cOuragement of it. Befides the fecuring the Affections of the Indians, other 
' Benefits muft accrue to the Province, from the Introduction of a new Branch 
' of Trade into it. This Province is well fituated for all the Purpofes of Com- 
' merce, but at prefent, wants both private Spirit, and public Encouragement. 

* For which Reafon, I muft furdier recommend to you, that if you mould 
f determine to eftablifh this Trade, you would make it one of the Terms of it, 
' that after a certain Time, all Imports and Exports thereof, from and to Great- 

< Britain, lhall (as much as poflible) be made directly and immediately, to and 
' from fome Port of this Province. 

c Gentlemen, 

* It gives me great Pleafure to find, that my Service has been fo acceptable to 
1 you and your Constituents. I muft not expect, that my Endeavours for the 
' Public Good, will often have fuch great Confequences, as the Negotiation at 

* Eajion produced ; but I hope I lhall act with the fame Spirit, Attention and 
' Induftry, in all other public Bufinefs as I did in that : And tho' Succefs is not 
f to be commanded, I fhall^always endeavour to deferve it.' 

FRANCIS BERNARD. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from feveral of the Frontier Inhabitants of 
this Colony, fetting forth their Apprehenfions of Danger from the Indians, in Cafe of a 
Difbandment of the Forces now ftationed there ; praying, that at leaft j$ of the prefent 
Guards may be continued for their Protection ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from Peter Middagh, fetting forth, That in 
an Engagement with the Indians on the Frontiers of this Colony, in. June laft, the Petitio- 
ner received a Ball through his Leg, which fhattered the Bone, of which Wound he is 
not yet thoroughly cured ; and that the Surgeon's Charge for taking Care of the fame, 
has amounted to about Ten Pounds, praying that the Legiflature will grant him aCom- 
penfation for his Damages and Cofts ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. . 

Friday, March 1 6, 1759. 

The Houfe met. 

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His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe, a Letter he had received 
from Mr. Secretary Pitt, dated the 29th of December laft, relating to compleating the 
Levies in this Colony for the enfuing Campaign ; which was read. 

Col. Peter Schuyler, laid his Accounts againft this Colony, before the Houle. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'clock. 

Saturday, March 17, 1759. 

The Houfe met. 

A Mefiage from the Council, by Mr. AJhfield, informing the Houfe, that the Council 
have pafs'd the Bill, entitled, An Act for continuing fever al Atls of the General Affembly 
of this Colony, &c. And the Bill, entitled, An Acl: for the further Prefervation of 
Timber, &c. without any Amendments. 

Ordered, 
That the Treafurers of this Colony, or either of them, do diftribute the Conftitution 
Books in his or their Hands, to the feveral Members of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, 
when call'd or fent for, in the fame Proportion with the Votes of the Houfe, that the 
fame may be equally diftributed at the Difcretion of the Members, among the Inha- 
bitants of this Colony. 

Ordered, 
That the Acl: of Parliament for punifhing Mutiny and Defertion, and the Articles of 
War, be printed, and annexed, by Way of Appendix, to the Second Volume of the 
Laws of this Colony. 

The Houfe refuming the Confideration of Mr. Bradberry's Application at laft Sitting, 
to be difcharged from the further Service of the Houfe, on Account of Indifpofition ; 
and it appearing, that the faid Bradberry has not on that Account, attended the Houfe for 
a confiderable Time paft: The Queftion was thereupon put, whether the faid Brad- 
berry* Seat in the Houfe, be vacated or not ? It was carried in the Affirmative, as 
follows : 

TEAS. 

Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Jobnjion, 
Mr. Wetberill, 
Mr. Ogien, 
Ut. Fijber, 

Refolved, 
That the faid Mr. Bradberry't Seat in the Houfe be vacated. 

Ordered, 
. That Mr. Speaker do iftue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a 
Writ tor the Election of a Member for the County of Effex, in the Room of the faid 
Richard Bradberry, Efq; whofe Seat in this Houfe is vacated as above. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. AJhfield, acquainting the Houfe, That the 
Council have paffed the Bill, entided, An AQ. for the Support of Government, &c. with- 
out any Amendments. 

• 

The Petition of the Frontier Inhabitants of this Colony, for keeping up Part of the 
Frontier Guards ; was read the fecond Time. 

His Excellency's Speech of Thurfday laft, was read the fecond Time. 

Ordered, 



TEAS. 


TEAS. 


NAYS. 


Mr. Hoogland, 


Mr. Clement. 


Mr. Holmes. 


Mr. Vreeland, 


Mr. Hancock, 




Mr. Vangelbn, 


Mr. Miller, 




Mr. Read, 


Mr. Learning, 




Mr. Smith, 


Mr. Yard. 
Mr. Middagh. 


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Ordered, 
That Mr. Yard and Mr. Middagh, do wait on his Excellency, and inform him, that 
this Houfe is well pleafed with his Intention of difbanding the Forces on the Frontiers ; 
and are of Opinion, that if any real Neceflity Ihould appear for any further Force there, 
the neighbouring Militia may be ordered up to ftay there rill Fifty Men can be inlifted 
on the ufual Terms ; which we doubt not will be paid for in the ufual Manner : And 
that as to the other Matters recommended to us, as it is very late in the Seflion, we be°- 
the fame may be referred to further Confideration. 

The Petition of Peter Middagh, for an Allowance ' to be made him for his Cofts 
Attending the Wound he received on the Frontiers of this Colony from the Indian 
Enemy, was read the fecond Time ; and the Houfe taking the fame into Confideration, 
Refolved, 

That if the Commiflioners allow a Gratuity to the faid Peter Middagh, for the 
Damage he fuftained as aforefaid, diey will be allowed the fame in their Accounts. 

Mr. Miller, from the Committee appointed to fettle the publick Accounts, reported, 
that Robert Ogden, Efq-, and Abraham Clarke, jun. two of the Commiflioners appointed 
for paying for quartering Soldiers in this Colony, have paid for quartering Soldiers in 
the County of Effex, the Year paft, the Sum of One Thau/and Five Hundred and Fifty 
Two Pounds, Four Shillings and Nine-pence Halfpenny, being Eighteen Pounds Five Shillings 
and Two-pence Halfpenny lefs than they received for that Purpofe •, which Ballance ftill 
remains in their Hands. To which the Houfe agreed. 



A Memorial was prefe nted to the Houfe, from Amos Ogden, a former Enfign of the 
Jerfey Regiment, letting forth, That he was taken Prlibner at Ofwego, and loft his 
Cloaths and Baggage, &c. and that while he was a.Prifcme 1 " in Canada, was obliged 
to be indebted to Col. Schuyler, for the Sum of Ninety One Pounds, Three fhillings and 
Six-pence; and that his Expences from Canada, till he returned to Halifax, amounts to 
One^ Hundred and Eight Pounds Three fhillings and Four-pence, praying that the fame 
be' allowed him from the Colony ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Yard reported, that Mr. Middagh and himfelf, delivered theMefTage with them 
entrufted, to his Excellency. 

Mr. Ogden, from the Committee appointed to fetde the publick Accounts, reported, 
that the Committee having examined the Accounts of the Ten Commiflioners employed 
by the Aft pafled in April, 1 755, find by the feveral Vouchers produced, that they 
have difburfed in the Service, the Sum of Nine Thoufand Four Hundred and Fifty feven 
Pounds, Nine fhillings and Three-pence Halfpenny ; but for want of the Weftern Treafurer's 
Accounts, which are at Burlington, they cannot certify the Sums they have received out 
of the Treafuries. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Mr. Spicer, from the Committee on Accounts, reported, that John Stevens, Elq; one 
of the Commiflioners, laid before the faid Committee, a regular Account, and concur- 
rent Vouchers, for fundry Difburfments, including Commiflions thereon, amounting in 
the Whole, to the Sum of Thirteen Thoufand Six Hundred and Seventy Pounds, Thirteen 
Jhillings and Three-pence Three Farthings. And by the fame Account it alfo appeared, 
that the faid John Stevens had received from the Public Treafury, including fome Rem- 
nants left of Soldiers Cloathing, the Sum of Thirteen Thoufand Six Hundred and Seventy 
One Pounds Elevenfhillings and Two-pence ; fo that there is due on Ballance from the 
faid John Ste-vens to the Province, the Sum of Seventeen Jhillings and Ten-pence Farthings 
which is to be carried to the Credit thereof, in a new Account againft the fame. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

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The Committees of the Council and Affembly, on the Eaftern Treafurer of New- 
Jerfey's Accounts, do report, that they have met, and examined the faid Treafurer's 
'Vouchers for the Sum of Five Thou/and Nine Hundred and Eighty two Pounds, /even 
/hillings and Eleven-pence Farthing, to November the Twenty-feventh, One Thoufand 
Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight, which he has paid on the feveral Laws for Support 
of Government : And alio Vouchers for the further Sum of Ninety One Thoufand Four 
Hundred and Eighty Five Pounds, Eight Jhillings and fix fence Three Farthings, to January 
the Seventeenth, One Thoufand Seven Hundred and Fifty Nine, which he has paid on 
the feveral War Funds ; and as there are fome Accounts neceflary to be laid before them 
that at prefent cannot be come at, they beg further Time to finifh the Whole in. 

By Order of the Commit tees y 

Pertb-Amboy, L. M. ASHFIELD, i rhaim , en 

March 17, 17 j* JOS. YARD, 1 <-nairmen. 

To which Report of the Committees, the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Learning, do ftate the faid Treafurer's Accounts, to be 
reported and entered on the Minutes of next Sitting ; and that they do then exhibit an 
Account of their Time and Trouble on the Occafion, that the fame may be difcharged. * 

A Memorial was prefented to the Houfe, from Doftor Benjamin Stakes, fetting forth, 
That he was ordered by General Abercrombie, to return to Canada, July the 21ft, and 
did not return till the Beginning of December ■, and that Col. Johnjlon told him, he 
could not anfwer to pay him for the Time he was abfent by faid Order •, praying an 
Allowance may be made him for that intervening Time ; which was read, and referred 
to further Confideration. 

Ordered 

That Mr. Learning and Mr. John/ion, do wait on the Council, and defire to be 
informed, whether they have any Bufinefs before them ; if not, that this Houfe purpofes 
to apply to his Excellency for a Difmiflion. 

Mr. Learning reported, that Mr. Johnfton and himfelf, delivered the above Meflage to 
the Council, who fay they have no Bufinefs before them. 

Ordered, ' 

That Mr. Wetherill and Mr. Hoogland, do wait on his Excellency, and defire him to 

pafs the Bills now before him, and difmifs the Houfe, as they have no further Bufinefs 

before them. 

Mr. Wetherill reported, that Mr. Hoogland and himfelf, delivered the above Meflage 

to his Excellency. % 

A Meflage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, that his 
Excellency is in the Council Chamber, and requires the Attendance of the Houie 
immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait on his 
Excellency, who was pleafed to give his Aflent to the following Bills, enacting the 
ame, viz. 

I. An Act for the further Prefervation of Timber, within this Colony 0/New-Jerfey. 

II. An Act for continuing feveral Ails of the General Affembly of this Colony, which 
will expire at the End of this prefent Seffion, by their own Limitation. 

III. An 



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III. An Act for the Support of Government of his Majeftfs Colony of New- Jeriey^ 
to continence the Twenty-firft Bay of May, One Thoufand Seven Hundred and Fifty 
Nine, and to end the Twenty-firft Bay of May, One Thoufand Seven Hundred arid 
Sixty ; and to difcharge the publick Beits, and contingent Charges thereof, and for 

fettling the Quotas in the refpeclive Counties, and levying a provincial Tax ; and for 
other JPurpofes therein mentioned. 

IV. An Act to enable John Lawrence, of the City e/ Burlington, to flop out the Tide 
from overflowing his Marfh and Meadows^ adjoining to, and on both Sides of Malabo 
Creek or Run, in the Townfhip 0/" Mansfield, and County of Burlington. 

And then his Excellency prorogued the General Afiembly, to the Seventeenth Day 
of April next. 



£§£0^.r. 




ft Y Virtue of an Order of the Houfe^ I do appoint 
James Parker fl/'Woodbridge, to print thefe Votes, 

Samuel Nev.'ill, 

Speaker. 




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VOTES 

AND 

PROCEEDINGS 

F T H E 

General Aflembly 



O F T H E 



Province of NEW-JERS EY. 



At a SESSION held at Perth-Amboy ; began March u, 1760, and 
continued to the 26th Day of the fame Month, and then adjo'urn'd 
to the 13th Day of May following. 



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Woodbridge, in New- Jersey : 
Printed by James Parker, Printer to the Government, 1760. 



Votes of the General Affembly. 

PERTH-AMBOY, TUESDAY, March iu 1?6 o. 

PURSUANT to his Excellency's feveral Prorogations of the General Affembly 
from time to time to this Day, the Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow 
Morning Nine o Clock. 

Wcdnefday, March 12. 1760. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Thurfday, March 13, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 

^f^ andMr. ^m/7 do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint him, 
that a fufficient Number, of Members to proceed upon Bufinefs are met, and ready 
to receive any Thing he mall pleafe to lay before them. Y 

Mr.FiJfjer reported, that Mr. Wetherill and himfelf delivered the above MefW 
to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe mould hear from him in about 
an irlour. 

Ordered, 
That the Serjeant at Arms do give Notice to Robert Lawrence, Samuel Stokes, and 
Henry Paxfon, Lfqrs, Members of this Houfe, that the Service of the Colony requires 
their immediate Attendance. ' 4 

A Menage from his Excellency, by M* Secretary, informing the Houfe that his 
Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the Attendance of the Houfe 
immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait on his 
Excellency Being returned, Mr. Speaker relumed the Chair, and reported, that the 
Houle had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to make a Speech to the 
Council and Houfe of Affembly ; of which Mr. Speaker faid he had, to prevent 
Miftakes, obtained a Copy ; which by Order of the Houfe was read, and is as 
follows. ' 

' Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the Houfe of Reprefenta&ces, 

I AM honoured with his Majefty's commands to the fame purpofe with 
thofe which I communicated to you laft year ; to induce you to raife 
« with all poffible difpatch, within this Government, at leaft as large a body of 

< men as you did for the laft Campaign, and as many more as the Number of 
« its inhabitants may allow, to aft in conjunction with his Majefty's Britifh 
1 S r °°P S ' " nder the ' command of his Commander in chief in America, fbr the 
' further Reduction of Canada. I have called you together with all poffible 

c 3uf a 10I l' that y ° U may lofe n ° time of ^ ewin S y° ur gratitude to his 

< Majefty, by a moft ready and hearty obedience to his gracious Commands 

< which a r e wholly didated by his fatherly care for the prelervation of his 
; Subjects on this Continent. 

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1 At the opening of the laft Seffton, I had great occafion to congratulate 
c you on the Succefs of his Majefty's Arms : but how rapid has the progrefs 
' of them been fince ? Victories and Acquifkions have followed one another 
' fo clofe, that We have not been able to keep pace with them in our Thankf- 

* givings : We have been loft "in Amazement at the great things God hath 
' done for us, and have found our hearts too full to exprefs our fenfe of his 
c mercies. 

•' The time is now come, which a few years ago was the object of our 
' wimes more than our hopes. The exorbitant and heretofore formidable 

* Power of France is humbled to the duft, her Trade loft, her Credit funk, 
' her Treafury exhaufted, and her Fleets deftroyed, even to what fhe owned 
' to be her laft Refource. Canada the inveterate and implacable Enemy of 
c thefe Provinces is hunted down", and waits only for the March of the Britifh 
' Army to furrender the yet-un/educed parts of it: Thefe are (under God,) 
1 the effects of the Wifdom and Steadinefs of his Majefty's Councils, and the 
c Conduct and Bravery of his Forces ; Thefe are the fruits of thofe Armaments, 
'to which you have contributed your proportional, tho' fmajl, Share; and 
c Thefe are the Encouragements, which will induce you to continue the fame 
c Efforts till the whole Work fhall be compleated. 

■ 

e Gentlemen of the Houfe of Representatives, 

c I fhall order the letter I have received from Mr. Secretary Pitt and alio 
' one other from Major General Amher/l to be laid before you ; from whence 

* you will fee the Neceflity of furnifhing your fu"'! Complement of Men for 
1 the fervice of this Year: Two Provinces on th ; s Continent have already 
' fet the example. I am alfo to inform yru that the Eords of the Treafury 
' have out of the money granted by the parliament of Great-Britain for that 
\purpofe allotted to this Province nea» ic,ooo pounds Jlerling for its fervice 
' in the year 1758, which is to be paid to the order of the whole Legillature. 

* It will therefore be proper, either by a concurrent Refolve, or by a Claufe 
' in an Act, to give the Treafurers a fpecial Power .to receive this Money 
' and place it to the publick account. 

c Gentlemen, 

i I fhall have occafion to fpeak to you again, when the important Bufinefs 
' I now commit to you has had your full confideration. At prefent I have 
' nothing more to add, but to defire that you would maintain the credit you 
' have acquired in the Profecution of this War, by your Earneftnefs, Unani- 
' mity and Difpatch, in providing for the fpeedy Ending of it. 

FRA. BERNARD. 

His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe the Letters referred to in 
the above Speech. 

Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech have a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Stevens informed the Houfe, that John Jeknjiorii Efqj one of the. Members of 
this Houle, for the City of Perth- Jmboy, is lately deceafed. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That the Speaker do ifiue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a 
Writ for the Electing a Reprefentative for the City of Perth- Amboy, in the Room of 
the faid John Johnfion, Efq; 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Friday, March 14, 1760. 
The Houfe met. 

John Ogden, Efq; being returned a Reprefentative for the County of Effex, in the 
Room ot Richard BradOerry, Efq; (whoie Seat in this, Houie was vacated) was 
-qualified in the Houfe before Mr. Nevill and Mr. Read. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Ogden do take his Seat in the Houfe. 

A Petition was preferred to the Houfe, from feyeral Prifoners for Debt, now confined 
in Trenton Goal, letting forth their diltrefTed Circumftances, and utter Inabi.:;. to 
difcharge their Debts ; praying a Law for their Relief-, which was read, and referred 
to the next Sitting of Aflembly for doing the pubhck Bufinefs of the Colony. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from feveral of the Soldiers who deferted 
from the Jerfey Regiment in 1758, that were excufed from Military Cenlure, upon 
their going on the Service in the following Campaign without any Bouncy, fetting 
forth, That they complied with the Law, by going on the laft Year's Campaign, but 
think it a Hardship to be denied the fame Bounty allowed to other Soldiers-; praying 
that Provifion may be made for paying them the uiual Bounty for the laft Year's Service; 
which was read and referred to further Confideration. 

Col. Schuyler laid before the Houfe, an Account of a Surgeon's Mate, formerly be- 
longing to the Jerfey Regiment, procuring Medicines for a Detachment ot faid Regi- 
ment, omitted being charged in any former Account ; which was read, and ordered 
a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Ploufe from Pennorth Crcid, a Soldier in the Jerfey 
Regiment, letting forth', That he being out on a detached Party, ■ was fct upon by the 
Enemy and wounded, whereby he has been at large Expence for Board and Doctering, 
and being unable to fupport himfelf under the aforefaid Expences ; praying Relief in 
the Premifies ; which was read, and referred to die next Sitting of Affembly for doing 
the publick Bufinefs of the Colony. - 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from William Thorn, of the Town/hip of 
V/oodbridge, fetting forth, That in croffing New-fork Bay in January laft, he unfor- 
tunately loft overboard without any Pofiibility of Recovery, the Sum of £. 269-12-4, 
in Jerfey Bills of Credit ; which faid Sum is funk to die Province at the intire Lois 
' of the Petitioner, unlefs he can obtain Relief from the Colony ; praying that the faid 
Sum may be replaced to the Petitioner out of other Paper Money of this Colony ; 
which was read, 'and referred to the next Sitting of General Affembly for doing 
the publick Bufinefs. 

Four Petitions, all of one Tenor, were prefented to the Houfe, from fundry of the 
Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Towrifhips of Ever/ham, Springfield, Northampton 
and Chefter, -in the County of Burlington, fetting forth, That a Bridge is heceflary to 
be built over Cooper's, Creek, at or near Thomas Spicer's, on the publick Road leading 
from Burlington to Philadelphia ; praying that the fame may be built by the City of 
Burlington, the Townlhips of Chejler, Evcrjham r Northampton, Willingburg and Spring- 

field, 



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-field, in the County aforefaid, and Part of the Townfhip of ' Water ford, in the County 
oi Qloucejier \ and that all other publick Bridges neceflary to be built or maintained 
on any navigable Stream in the County of Burlington, as tar up as the Tide flows, 
may be maintained at the publick Expence of the whole Count) ; which were read, 
and referred to the next Sitting of General Aflembly for uoing the publick Bufineis. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from ftmdry of the Inhabitants of Water- 
ford, in the County of Clouajler, prajing, That a Bridge may be built and main- 
tained over Cooper's Creek, on the publick Road leading from Burlington to Phila- 
, , at the Expence ot . the City of Burlington, the Tovnfhips of Chejlcr, 

.:, Northampton, Willingburgh and Sping field, in the County of Burlington, 
and that part oi the laid Townfhip of Watcrford, that lies between the River and 
Salem Road ; which was read, and reterred as above. 

Several Petitions were prefented to the IToufe, from feveral of the Inhabitants 
living along Rariton River, and Places adjacent; praying that 'John , >hies, of 

the County of Somerfet, may be licenced to build a Grill Mill on Rariton River, near 
the PlacJ where his Mill now ftancs, and fupply the fame with Water from laid 
River, in fuch a Manner as not to obfiruct the Navigation thereof; which was read, 
and referred as above. 

Charles Read, Efq; one of the Committee of Correfpondence, laid before the Houfe 
a Letter he had received from Jofefh Sherwood, Efq; of London ; which was read, 
informing, that tne Sum of/. 9166, Sterling, is allotted to this Province, by the 
Lords ot the Treaiury, out of the Money granted by Parliament, and that the fame 
is to be drawn out ot his Majefty's Exchequer^ by fome Perfons impowered by the 
whole Legiflature of this Colony. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from feveral Perfons living near Ncii-ton 
Creek, in the County of Glouoejler, fetting forth, That they are paiiefied of confi- 
derable Tracts of Marfh and Swamp on the Banks of faid Creek, which at prefent 
lies uncultivated by Reafon of die T'idej overflowing the fame ; praying a Law for 
damming the faid Creek at the Mouth thereof, for the Benefit of laid Marfh ; which 
was read, and referred to die next Sitting of General Aflembly for doing the public 
Bufinefs. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Saturday, March 1.5, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

. The Houfe; being informed, that the Neiv-Jerfey Regiment has fuftered greatly, by 
the Neglect of Duty in feveral of the Officers or tne fame, during the laft Campaign, 
to the Diicouragement of Soldiers entering into the Service, and to the Oppremun of 
many of the Inhabitants of this Colony j 

\ \ hereupon it is Ordered, 

That Mr. 2 'ard, Mr." Wetherill, Mr. Fifoer, Mr. John Ogden, Mr. Hoogland,- and 
Mr. Holmes, 'be a Committee to enquire into the Truth ot the faid Information, and 
make Report thereof to this Houfe ; and that faid Committee have Power to fend for 
Perfons and Papers. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Monday, March ij, 1760, 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Tuefday, March 18, 1760. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The 



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The Houfe met. 

Samuel Smith, Efq; informed the Houfe by Letters, that his Indifpofition of Body 
rendered him incapable to attend the Service of the Houfe this Sitting. 

His Excellency's Speech was read the fecond Time ■, and with the Letters therein 
referred to, was committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe on his 
Excellency's Speech, csV. After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the 
Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee 
had gone through the Matters to them referred, and come to feveral Refolutions ; 
which by Leave he reported as follows. 
Refolved, 
That an humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his Speech. 
To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 
That One Thoufand effective Volunteers (Officers included) be immediately raifed 
by this Colony, to act in Conjunction with his Majelty's Regular Forces the enfuing 
Campaign. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 
That for the Levying, Cloathing and Paying the aforefaid Forces, and for other 
Services, there be immediately £. 45,000, (truck in Paper Bills of Credit, to be funk 
by Provincial Taxes, in equal Proportions, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771* 
1772, and .1773- To which the Houfe agreed. 
Refolved, 
That for an Encouragement to the faid Volunteers to enter into the faid Service, 
there be allowed a Bounty of Twelve Pounds to each. To which the Houfe agreed. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Robert Ogden, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Fijher, and Mr. Hocgland, be 
a Committee to draw the Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Yard, Mr. John Ogden, and Mr. Vangefon, 
be a Committee to bring in a Bill for raifing One Thoufand effective Volunteers, 
(Officers included) to act in Conjunction with his Majefty's Regular Forces the 
enfuing Campaign •, and making Provifion for the fame, &c. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 
Wednejday, March 19, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Stevens, from a Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, entitled, 
An Act for raifing 1000 effective Volunteers, &c. which was read, and committed to a 
Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe accordingly refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on 
the aforementioned Bill : After fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the 
Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee 
had made fome Progrefs in the Matters to them referred, and defired Leave to fit 
again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, on the Bill, 
entitled, An Act for raifing 1 ,000 effective Volunteers, &c. After fome Time fpent 
therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee, reported, that the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, and made feveral 
Amendments thereto : Which faid Bill, as amended, being again read, was agreed to 
by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrolfed. 

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written Menage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, in the following Words. 

' Gentlemen, 

SEE in your Minutes of Yefterday, that you have refolved to nrike 
£.45,000 in Bills of Credit, to be funk in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 
1771, 1772, and 1773. 

c I muft defire you would confider the Reftridions I am under, in Regard 
to ftriking Bills of Credit, as they have appeared to you from the Papers and 
Meffages I have heretofore had Occafion to fend to you. Andthoughl have, 
upon Account of the Emergencies of the War, taken the Liberty to depart 
from the Letter of my Inftru&ions, where apparent and urgent Neceflity 
hath required it ; yet, I fhall not think myfelf excufable in fo doing, when 
there is no Neceflity. It appears plain to me, that all the Money wanted for 
the Service of this Year (by appropriating thereto, the Money now due from 
the Treafury in England,) maybe funk within the Year 1768, without 
charging any Year with more than the Prefent is, and fome other Years 
are now charged. How then can I anfvver for poftponing the Sinking this 
Money for Five Years more than there is an Occafion for ? 

\ It hath been confidered as an happy Circumftance for thefe Provinces, 
that at a Time when they have been called upon to raife large Sums for the 
Support of the War, they have been furnifhed with extraordinary Means for 
fo doing : There has been great Plenty of Money brought into the Country ; 
and in Confequence of it, the Produce of Lands has bore an extraordinary 
high Price. When the War is over, the Price of Produce will be continually 
finking, and Money will gradually grow fcarce. Therefore, to pofrpone the 
Payment of the ProvinciafDebt, from a Time of Plenty to a Time of Scarcity, 
(or at leaftof lefs Plenty) will be removing a light Burthen from yourfelves, 
by laying an heavy One on Pofterity. 

' I muft therefore earneftly recommed to you, to reconfider this Refolve, 
and make it practicable for me to confent to it. But if you defire that it 
fhould ftand, I will Mention to you the only Terms upon which I can 
admit it ; namely, that you add another Refolve, that all the Money that 
has been, or fhall be , given to this Province, for their Service in this War, 
by the Parliament of Great-Britain, fhall, in the firft Place, be applied to the 
finking of the Money to be railed for the Service of this Year. In Inch 
Cafe I fhall be juftified, by confidering the latter as the principal Fund, 
and the former as a fupplemental One. 

„„„,,„ „.. FRA. BERNARD. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 
Thurfday, March 20, 1760. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till Two, P, M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe,- from the Inhabitants of Saddle River Pre 
rind, in the County of Bergen, fetting forth the great Expencc they are obliged to be 
at in building and repairing the Bridge, neceflary to be made in faid Precinct -, praying 
that it may be done at the Expence of the whole County ; which was read, and referred 
to the next Sitting of AfTembly for doing the publick Bufinefs. 

His 



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His Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe Letters he had lately 
received from the Earl of Sterling, acquainting him, that the Warrants to the Rio-ht 
Honourable the Lords of the Treafury, then lay before his Majefty, who having 
entrufted that Right Honourable Board with the fettling the Quotas of the refpective 
Provinces, in the Sum granted by Parliament, for a Compenfation to the Colonics for 
their vigorous Efforts in the Year 1758, hisLordihip out of Regard to this Colony, 
and kit they fhould fuffer by the Death of their Provincial Agent, had prefented to 
the Lords of the Treafury a Memorial, fetting forth the Service of this Colony on that 
Occafion. 

Ordered., 
That Mr. Speaker, by Letter, do return the Thanks of this Houfe to the Earl of 
Sterling for this Service done the Colony, and beg the Continuance of his Countenance 
and Favour on every Occafion which may offer during his Refidence in Great-Britain. 

His Excellency alfo, by Mr. Secretary, laid before the Houfe a Letter from Major 
Robert Rogers, recommending it to the Legiflature, to reward the uncommon Fatigues 
and Bravery of the Detachment from the New-Jerfey Regiment, who were of his Party 
in the Reduction of the Indian Town of St. Francis, in Canada. 

The Houfe adjourn'd 'till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock* 

Friday, March 21, 1760. 
The Houfe met. 

Several Petitions were prefented to the Houfe, one from Captain Amos Ogden and 
Lieutenant Jcfiah Banks ; one other from Enfign Daniel Coo, and one other from Lieu- 
tenant IVilliam Pezv, all of one Tenor ; fetting ibrth, That they inlifted a Number of 
able bodied Soldiers for the Jerfey Regiment ; which, at the Time of the Review, hap- 
pened not to be wanted for the Service of.faid Regiment, praying that they may 
be reimburfed the Expences they were neceifarily put to in raifing ana fubfiftino- faid 
Men, from the Time of their inlifting until the lime of their Difcharge as aforefaid ; 
which Petitions were read, and referred to the next Sitting ofAifembly, for doino- the 
publick Bufineis. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from the Juftices, Freeholders, and Inha- 
bitants of the County of Sujfex, letting forth, That, purfuant to a Law of this Co- 
lony, the Inhabitants of faid County formerly met, and elected a Place for buildino- a 
Court-Houfe and Gaol in laid County, which, by Experience, proves very inconve- 
nient for that Purpofe ; praying a Law to impower them to erect faid Court-Houfe 
and Gaol, at or near Cafper Skaver\ Houfe in faid County ; which was read, and 
referred as above. 

A Petition was prefented to the Floufe, from diveffe of the Inhabitants of . the 
County of Morris, fetting forth, That the Precinct of Pequannack, in the faid County, 
is over-burthened with the Expences of building and maintaining Bridges ; prayino- 
that the fame for the future may be fupported at the public Expence of the County 5 
which was read, and referred as above. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Jiead, from the Committee appointed to draw the Draught of an Addrefi 
to his Excellency, reported that they had drawn the fame •, which, by Leave, he rea 
ana delivered in at the Table, where the fame being again read, and feveral Amend- 
ments thereunto made, was agreed to by the Houfe, and ordered to be engrols'd. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Saturday 



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Saturday, March 22, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofled Addrefs to his Excellency, was read and compared. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Ogden do wait on his Excellency, and defire to be 
informed when he will be waited on by the Houfe with their Addrefs. 

Col. Schuyler laid before the Houfe his Accounts with the Colony for the Year 
*759- 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Ogden and himfelf, delivered the Meflage of the 
Houfe with them entrufted to his Excellency ; who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe 
ftiould hear from him very foon. 

A MefTage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, that his 
Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, ready to receive the Addrefs of the Houfe. 

Vv h ?reupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait on his 
Excellency: Being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that the 
Houfe had waited on his Excellency, and prefented their Addrefs, in the Words 
following : 

To His Excellency FRANCIS BERNARD, Efq-, Captain General and Go- 
vernor in Chief in and over his Majefty's Province of New-Jerfey, and Territories 
thereon depending in America, Chancellor, and Vice- Admiral in the fame, fcff. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Houfe of Reprefentatives of J 'aid Colony, in General 

Affembly met. 

May it pleafe your Excellency ,- 

TJ/E His Majefty's dutiful and loyal Subjecls, the Reprefentatives of the Colony of 
'* New-Jerley, in General Affembly conven'd, beg Leave to return your Excellency our 
hearty Thanks for the early Advice you gave the Members of the General Affembly, 
of the Necefftty of their meeting on a Matter very important to the Welfare of this Co- 
lony, and for your favourable Speech at the opening the Seffwn. 

We affure your Excellency, that we entertain the moft grateful Senfe of his Majefty's 
paternal Care over his Colonies ; andftjall exert ourfelves to the utmoft of our Power, 
to add as great a Number of Troops to his Majefty's Army I as cur Circumftances mi 
admit of. 

We efteem the great Bleffings of Providence on his Majefty's Arms, as a certain Indica- 
tion of the Juftice of bis Caufe ; and with the utmoft Thankfulnefs, adore the Dh r,is 
Goodnefs, in the extraordinary Interpfition of Heaven in our Favour. 

The Steadinefs and Wifdom of his Majefty's Councils; the Confidence cf the Nation in 
his Minifters; the Bravery of his Forces both by Sea and Land, give us the moft joyful 
Expectations, that he will, by the Favour of Providence, be enabled to oblige /^French 
King to fubntit to equitable Terms of Peace, and to reftram him from making fuch unjufti- 
fiable Encroachments on his Neighbours, as have occafioned, in their Conjequences, the 
Ruin of his Navy, Lofs of his Trade, the Difmembering his Dominions, and greatefl 
Diftrefs among all his Subjecls. 

The Letter from the Right Honourable Mr. Secretary Pitt, and his Excellency General 
Amherst, laid before the Houfe by your Excellency, convince us of theNeceftityoffup- 
plying Troops for the general Service , and we have reftlved to fend this Tear a compUat 

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and well-appointed Regiment into the Field, to aft under the Direction of his Majejly's 
Commander in Chief; and hope, that both the Officers and Men, will fupport the Credit 
and Honour our Regiment hath jujlly obtained in the Courfe of the American Wars. 

Wefhall take effeclual Care to authorize proper Perfons, to receive, and place in the 
Treafury, the Sum allotted for the Quota of this Colony, out of the Money which the 
Tendernefs of his Majejly and the Britiih Parliament for thefe Infant Colonies, have 
induced them to grant, in Aid of the heavy Taxes to which the vigorous Profecution of 
this War has fubjecled the Colonies : And we mojl thankfully receive this Bounty. 

By Order of the Houfe, 
Marth "- »** SAMUEL NEVILL, Speaker. 

To which his Excellency was pleafed to give the following Anfwer. 

' Gentlemen, 

' T THANK you for this dutiful Addrefs, wherein your Loyalty and Gra-^ 

* JL titude to his Majefty are fo fully and forcibly exprefTed : I fhall take 
c Care to reprefent it fo, that you may ftill appear in that favourable Lights 

* in which you have been defervedly placed.' 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till Monday Morning Nine o'Clockj 

Monday, March 24, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrafted Bill, entitled, An Aft for raifing One Thoufand effetlive Volunteers, &c. 
was read and compar'd ; and on the Queftion, Whether the faid BiH do pals or not r 
it was carried in the Affirmative, as follows : 



teas: 


TEAS. 


TEAS. 


NATS. 


Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. Wetberill, 
Mr. R. Ogden, 
Mr. J.Ogden, 
Mr. Fijher, 


Mr. Hoogland, 
Mr. Vreland, 
Mr. Vangefon, 
Mr. Read, 
Mr. Paxfon. 


Mr. Ladd, 
Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. Yard, 
Mr. Middagb, 


Mr. Holme 1, 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Miller, 



Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Rpbert Ogden and Mr. Tard, do carry the fame to the Council, for Con* 
currence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M, 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Ogden reported, that Mr. Tard and himfelf, delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted to the Council. 

Capt. Silas Newcomb exhibited to the Houfe, an Account charged againft the Colony 
for cloathing Articles and other Neceflaries he procured for feveral of the Soldiers be- 
longing to his Company in the laft Year's Campaign ; which was read, and referred 
to Mr. Tard, one of the Commiffioners appointed for cloathing faid Regiment, to 
examine and pay fo much thereof as he may judge reafonable. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Capt. Zephaniah Luce, fetting forth, 
That he inlifted a Number of Recruits for the laft Year's Campaign, that happened 

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not to be wanted for the Service ; and that he fabiifted faid Recruits from the Time 
of their Inliftment, to the Time of their Review •, praying a Reimburiemen: of the 
Expences he was neceffarily put to, in inlifting and fubfifting the fame ; which was 
read, and referred to the next Sitting of Affembly, for doing the public Buiinefs. 

George Brown, one of the Lieutenants of the Militia, exhibited to the Houfe an 
Account charged againft the Colony, for Expences he was neceffarily put to, in guar- 
ding a Number of t)eferters belonging to the Jerfey Regiment, in the Year 1-758, 
from Perth- Amboy to Albany ; which was read, and referred to Mr. Stevens, one of 
the Commiflioners appointed for cloathing faid Regiment, to examine and pay. 

Whereas by a Law of this Colony, paffed in the Thirty Firft Year of his prefent 
Majefty's Reign, entitled, An Act for making current Thirty Thouiiind Pounds, in Bills 
of Credit, for his Majefty's Service in the prefent War, Col. John Johnfton was authorized 
to purchafe Two Thouland Stands Of Arms for the Uie of the Colony, which were 
to bediftributed in the feveral Counties, for the Ufe of the inhabitants thereof, and 
to be depofited with the Colonels of the Militia of faid Counties ■, Which Arms have 
accordingly been purehafed and imported, and now are in Store at the City of Perth- 
Amboy ; it is therefore Ordered, That the faid Colonels do apply to thg Executors 
or Adminiftrators of laid John Johnfton, Elq; lately decealed, and receive the Quota of 
Arms allotted to the Counties they may refpeftively belong to, and produce a 
Charge againft the Colony, for the Expences they may be at in tranfporting the 
fame to the faid Counties. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Tite/day, March 25, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

John Martin exhibited to the Houfe, an Account againft the Colony, for Houfe- 
Rent for a Hofpital for the Regulars quartered in Perth- Amboy, in the Year 1757; 
which was read, and referred to the Commiflioners appointed for paying of fuch Ex- 
pences in laid Year, for them to fettle and pay. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Menage from the Council by Mr. Woodruff, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have paffed the Bill, entided, An Aft for raifing One ThouJ and effeSiive Volun- 
teers, &c. without any Amendment. . 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, that 
his Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the Attendance of the Houfe 
immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait on his 
Excellency : Being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that the 
Houfe had waited on his Excellency, who was pleafed to give his Affent to the 
following Bill, enafting the fame, viz. - 

An Aft for raifing One Thoufand effeclive Volunteers, (Officers included) for his Ma- 
jefty's Service in the enftting Campaign, and making Provifion for the fame ; and for other 
Purpofes therein mentioned. 

After which his Excellency made a Speech to the Council and Houfe of Affembly - T 
of which Mr. Speaker obtained a Copy ; which, by .Order of the Houfe, was read, 
and is in the Words following ; 

' Gentlemen 



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c Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the Houfe of Reprefentathes, 

1 *] T RETURN you thanks for your unanimous and quick difpatch of the 
' X important Bufinefs which I propofed to you by his Majefty's efpecial 
t command. I will make the beft ufe that I can of the Powers you have given 
< mc to raife a Regiment for the fervice of the next Campaign. 

' When I received his Majefty's Commands to attend his Service in the Pro- 
' vince of Majfacbufets Bay, I was ordered to ftay here till Mr. Boone, appointed 
c to this Government fhauld arrive. I have been advifed by his letter dated 

* from Charles-Town, the 14th day of February laft, that He will fet out for 

* this Province with all convenient difpatch. As He will defire to meet you 
' foon after his arrival, I fuppofe it will be agreeable to you to poflpone the 
' reft of your bufinefs until He fhall have an opportunity of calling you together. 
4 This you will confider of upon your return to your Houfe, 

' Gentlemen, 

' I do allure you that I fhall leave this Province with regret : your good 

* difpofition towards his Majefty's Government and your kind acceptance of my 

* Services had given me the faireft profpect of an eafy and creditable Admini- 

* fixation. I had flatter'd myfelf, that I might have done lafting Service to this 

* Province, in afiiftin'g to compofe the Differences that ftill prevail in it ; to 
' remove the few Fears and Jealoufies, if any, that now remain ; to redtify the 

* little errors in policy, which have inadvertently crept into the Adminiftration ; 

* and above all, to eftablifh a perfedt Harmony in the general Government, 

* upon the fureft Foundation, an exacl: Ballance of the feveral political Powers 

* which compofe it. 

1 Thefe good Works I had promift myfelf fuccefs in, truflung more to your 
4 Knowledge and Difcretion than to my own Abilities and pretending to no 

* greater Merit, than an earneft Defire to contribute all that I could to the fer- 

* vice of the public. This will become the bufinefs of another Gendeman, 

* from whofe known Candour and Prudence, ever thing that I could have 

* done and more may be well expected. I can now only contribute to this 

* purpofe by reminding you with my laft words of, what I propofed to. you 
' with my firft, this Political Truth ; that in order to keep the Britijh Confii- 

* tution in good Health. It is necefiary to preferve the legal Diftindtions of 

* the Regal and Popular Rights and to take good Care that neither fhall 

* encroach on the other. 

* Gentlemen, 

' I take this opportunity to wifh you all poflible Profperity ; and to return 
4 you and, through you, the reft of. the Province, my fincere thanks for the 

* Favours I have received, afluring you, that I fhall always bear in my Mind a 
4 grateful Remembrance of them. • 

FRA. BERNARD. 

The Houfe taking into Confideration the above Speech, agreed upon an Addrefs to 
his Excellency, in Anfwer thereto. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens, do wait on his Excellency, and defire to know 
when he will be pleafed to receive the fame. 

Mr. 



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Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf, delivered the above Meflage to 
his Excellency ; who was pleaied to lay, he would fend for the Houfe immediately. 

A Meflage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, that his 
Excellency is in the Council-Chamber, ready to receive their Addrefs. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair j and with the Houfe, went to wait on his 
Excellency : Being returned* Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, that the 
Houfe had waited on his Excellency, and prefented their Addrefs, in the Words 
following : 

to His Excellency FRANCIS BERNARD, Elqj Captain General 
and Governor in Chief in and over his Majefty's Province of New-yerfey, 
and Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor, and Vice-Ad- 
miral in the fame, &c. 

The Humble ADDRESS of the Houfe. of Reprefentatives of the faid Province, in 

General Affembly met. 

May it pleafe your Excellency, 

TI/E His Majefty's dutiful and loyal Subjects^ the Reprefentatives of the Colony jf 
V' New-Jerfey, in General Affembly ■ convened, beg Leave to ajfure your Excellency, 
that . the Unanimity and Difpatch with which we have prepared the Bill puffed this 
Day, proceeded from our being truly fenfible of the Importance of thofe Matters, which 
you, by his Majefty's Command, laid before the Houfe : And we are ajfure d, that your 
Zeal for his Majefty's Honour, and the Inter ell of America, will induce you to exert your 
utmoft Efforts for»compleating the Levies, and fpeedily ordering the Regiment to the 
general Rendezvous. 

The Matters which now lie before the Houfe are numerous, .and of Confequence ; there- 
fore muft neceffarily employ, us for a confederate Time,, whenever we enter upon them : And 
the Seafon of the Tear prefftng upon our private Affairs, as the poftponing them atprefent 
cannot be of any great Differ vice to the Publick, we incline to defer proceeding-en them till 
the Arrival of Mr. Boone, who may perhaps indulge us with a Recefs till we have got in 
our Harveft ; unlefs his Majefty's Commands, or the- Safety of the Colony, fhould require 
cur meeting fooner. 

We return your Excellency our hearty Thanh, for the Regard you have manifefted for 
the Colony, fince your firft Arrival among us. The Confidence we and our Conftituents have 
defervedly placed in you, would have put it more in your Power to have convinced us of 
any Errors which you fuppofe have, through Inadvertance, crept into the Polity of the 
Colony: As we are truly fenftble, that the Body Politick may be diftempered as well as the 
natural Body, and that it can only be kept in Order, by preferving to the Crown and the 
People, the true and exail conftitutional Rights of each ; we do ajfure your Excellency, that 
we have not the leaft Inclination to encroach on the . known Rights of any other Branch of 
the Legiflature ; and fhall fteadily and inviolably adhere to the Prefervation of the Privileges 
of our Houfe, and Liberties of our Conftituents, and confciencioufly tranfmit thefe invaluablt 
Blejfings to our Pofterity without Dimunition. 

Tour Excellency's leaving this Government, we efteem as a publick Lofs, having in our 
Minds anticipated the Happinefs we had the great eft Probability of enjoying under your 
Adminiftration ; Tour Knowledge in the Profeffion you exercifed antecedent to his Majefty's 
Appointment of you to pre/ide here, flattered us with Hopes of a fpeedy and equitable 
Decijicn in the only Litigation of Confequence which exifts in the Colony ; and your gene- 
ral Conduit will remain gratefully impreffed . on the Minds of the People, who will ever 
confider themfelves in a Manner interefted in your future Eafe and Happinefs. 

The 



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The Character you are pleafed to give us of your Succejfor in the Adminiftraticn, gives 
us great Satisfaclion ; and if he fhould, like yourfelf be fo happy as to come to an early 
Knowledge of the Genius of the People, and fortunate in receiving his Information con- 
cerning us, from fucb as know, and are Friends to the Colony, we hope all cur publick 
Affairs willflill continue to be carried on with Harmony and Difpatch. 

By Order of the Houfe, 
M*r<i> *s> 1760. 'SAMUEL NEVILL, Speaker. 

The Houfe adjourn'd 'till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Wednesday, March 26, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Secretary informed the Houfe, that it is his Excellency's Pleafure, that the Houfe 
adjourn themfelves to the 1 3th Day of May next, then to meet at Burlington. 

The Houfe adjourn'd accordingly. 




"D Y Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do 
appoint yames Tarker y of Woodbridge^ to 
print thefe Votes. 

SAMUEL NEVILL, 

Speaker. 




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General Affembly 



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Province of NElV-jfERSE Y. 



AtaSESSION held at Burlington ; began OSlober 29th, 1760, and 
continued to the 5th of December following, and then prorogued 
to the 5th of January following. 




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Votes of the General AJfembly. 



BURLINGTON, October 29, 1760. 

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PURSUANT to His Excellency's feveral Prorogations of the General 
AfTembly to this Day, the Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Smith and Mr. Hancock do wait on his Excellency, and acquaint 
him, that a fufficient Number of Members to proceed upon Bufinefs are met ; and 
ready to receive any Thing he may have to lay before them. 

Mr. Smith acquainted the Houfe, that Mr. Hancock and himfelf had performed the 
Order of the Houfe •, and his Excellency was pleafed to fay, he wis u.iJer tue lVeceffity 
of poftponing what he had to lay before the Houfe for a little Time. 

Andrew Smyth, Efq; returned a Member for the City of Perth- Amboy, in the Room 
of Johnjohnfton, Efq-, deceafed, attending, was called in, anu icok uie ufu«d Quali- 
fications before Mr, Speaker and Mr. Read. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Smyth do take his Seat in the Houfe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o'Clock, P. M. 
The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning 9 o' Clock. 

tfhurfday, OSiober 30, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That all Perfons concerned in the Difpofal of the Publick Monies of this Province, 
whofe Accounts are not yet fetded, do lay the fame before the Houfe, on or before 
Thurfday the 6th of November next, at fartheft. 

The feveral Petitions from the Townfhips of Springfield, Evejhr.m, Northampton, 
Chejier and Waterford, prefented to the Houfe laft Seflions, for building a Bridge over 
Cooper'* Creek, &c. were read the firft Time, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o'Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
A Mefiage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary. 

Mr. Speaker, his Excellency, is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the Attendance of 
this Houfe immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait upon his 

Excellency; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and repent, that 

the Houfe had attended h;s Excellency, and that he was pleafed to make a favourable 

Speech to the Council and AfTembly ; of which Mr. Speaker faid he had, to prevent 

Miftakes, obtained a Copy. 

Ordered, 

That his Excellency's Speech be read ; which was read accordingly, and is as follows, viz. 

5< 6ter\i . f^a-en^B^, <^u^m c*^-^+£l s*sf—f&i. /^, _ < Gentler"' 



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' Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the General AJfembly. 
' ANIMATED with Zeal for His Majefty's Service, and affected with a 
' Jf\^ moft grateful Senfe of His Royal Favour conferred upon me, I feel 
' mvfeif, Gentlemen, uncommonly happy, when I reflect:, that the Acknow- 
' ledgement -expelled of me, the" pleafing Return required for His Majefty's 
' gracious Condefcention, is no other, than that I fliould promote, to 
c the U&noft* of my Power, what the beft of Sovereigns has moft at Heart, 
' the Happinefs of his People. Your's, Gentlemen, is now become my Duty 

* and peculiar Concern ; and the very Circumftance of my being till this Time 
1 a Stranger to you in your Legifiative Capacities, is an Argument of my having 
' preferred your Convenience to my own Inclination to meet you earlier. 

' I bring with me, Gentlemen, a Heart diipofed to Harmony ; and though 
c our Form of Government calls, at all Times, from thole in my Sphere, for a 

* ftrenuous Affertion of His Majefty's lawful Authority, yet whilft I have the 
' Honour to be at the Head of this Province, you may depend, Gentlemen, 

* upon your Rights and Privileges being fafe from every Violation orlnfringe- 
' men', 

c I have Nothing in particular from His Majefty's Minifters to lay before 
' you. But, 

' Gentlemen of ti>e General AJfembly, 
' The Support Bill is fome Time fince expired. You know, by the 23d 
c Inftrudtion, ahead} enteied upon your Journals, what I am ordered to propofe 

* to you ; you know alfo what is preicribed me, with regard to the Dilpolal and 
' Ifiuing of Publick Money; nor can you be ignorant howgrofly the late Method 

* purfued, is a Deviation from the Principles of the Conftitution. There never 
c was a Reign, Gentlemen, when the Hands of Government might be 
c ftrengthen'd with more Security to the People, nor ever Times more au- 
' fpicious for receiving Confidence, and banifhing Jealoufy from your Bafoms. 
' To Power well employed, you owe your prefent Eafe and Security ; to that 
< vou owe the inoffenfive Condition that a perfidious and once formidable 
' Enemy is reduced to. Confult the Spirit of the Conftitution, and yield to 
' the Emotions of Gratitude, which His Majefty's Parental Attention (fo hap- 
' pily and effectually directed to the Prefervation of every Thing dear to you) 

* muft have excited ; and I fhall indulge myfelf, with the pleafing Hopes of " 
4 my Adminiftration's being rendered memorable, by frefh Inftances of your 

c Afleclion, Fidelity and Loyalty. 

1 Gentlemen of the Council, and Gentlemen of the General Affembly, 

* After fo fortunate a Campaign, I cannot but with you Joy, on the ftrongeft 

' Probability of Peace and Affluence being fecured to you by the Wifdcra of 
' H's Majefty's Councils, and the prudent and fpirited Efforts of His Aims. 
' You have ow ihtic to dread from without; maintain therefore Tranquility 
' within, Kn'. make 3 Return to God for the BlefTings vouchfafed you, by a 

* charitable and benevolent Behaviour to one another. 

• As to me, Gentlemen, I am urged by the ftrongeft Incentives to interelt 
' myfelf in your Welfare ; for from the Profperity of the Province, I mail 
' derive publick Confideration, and from your good Opinon, my private 
: Happinefs. 

turlingltn, OUtbtr 30, 1760. 1 HO. IjOOINiL. 

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Ordered, 
That his Excellency's Speech be read a fecond Time. 

The feveral Petitions from the Townfhips of Springfield, Evefaam, Northampton, 
Chefter and Waterford, for building a Bridge over Cooper's Creek, &V. were read the 
fecond Time. And, 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read, Mr. Paxfon and Mr. Stokes, be a Committee to bring in a Bill in 
Puri'uance of the Prayer of the faid Petitions. 

A Petition from the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Townfhip of Pif cat t assay, and 
Parts adjacent, in the County of Middkfex, was prefented to the Houie and read, fetting 
forth, That a pernicious Practice is lately introduced, and grown to a confiderable Height 
amono- them, of importing Perfons from other Provinces, to go through Inoculation 
for the Small-Pox, to their great.Danger and Annoyance ; and praying ibme Method 
may be lallen upon, to prevent the lame. 
Ordered, 

That the laid Petition have a fecond Reading-. 



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Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill' 
entitled, An Act for building and maintaining a Bridge' over Cooper's Creek, and re- 
building and maintaining other Bridges on the great Roads from the County of Burlington, 
to Cooper's Ferries, and for keeping the new Road from Burlington to the faid Ferries in 
Repair ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from Robert Smith, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth, 
That he hath given up all his Effects to his Creditors ; neverthelefs ibmc of them 
have brought Actions, and obtained Judgment andExecution againft his Body thereon ; 
praying the Houfe will afford the Petitioner fuch Relief, as they in their Wifdom fhall 
fee meet ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Two Petitions, the one from feveral Prifoners for Debt in Trenton Jail ; the other 
from feveral Priibners for Debt in Somerfet Jail, ; were prefented to the Houfe, and read, 
fetting forth their feveral Hardfhips from Confinement, and praying an Act of 
Affembly for their Relief ; and the fame are ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, OSlobe? 31, 1760. 
The Houfe met. 

. The Fill, entitled,- An Ad for Building and Maintaining a Bridge over Cooper's Creek, 
&c. was read a fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Hancock, Mr. Yard and Mr. Miller. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Memorial from the Correfpondents and Commiffioners of the Society in Scotland, 
for propagating Chriftian Knowledge, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting 
forth the great Expence the Society hath been at from time to time in Chriflianizing 
the Indians in North-America, and in fending Miflionaries among them, and particularly 
in eftablifhing the Rev. Mr. John Brainard, their Miffionary, among a Settlement of 
Indians formerly at Cranbury, but now at Brothertcn, in this Province ; praying the 
Houfe will take the faid Settlement of Indians into their Confidcration, and make fuch 
Provifion for the fame, as they in their Wifdom fhall fee meet : And alfo a Memorial 
in Part to the fame Purpofe, from the fard Mr. Brainard, and fetting forth fundry 
particular Conveniences the faid Indians are in Want of. 

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Ordered, 

1 hat the faid Memorials be read a fecond Time. 

Mr. Hancock, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, Au 
Act for Building a Bridge ever CooperV Creek, &c. reported the fame, with feveral 
Amendments thereto; which were read in their Places ; and on the Queftion, agreed 
to by the Houfc. ■, 

Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended, be engrofled. 

The Petition from the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Townfhip of Pifcattaway, 
and Parts adjacent 'in the County of Middlefex, was read a fecond Time ; and, 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Andrew Smyth and Mr. Wetherill, be a Committee to bring in a Bill, 
purfuant to the Prayer of the faid Petition. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Lawrettce, Mr. Miller, Mr. Paxfon and Mr. Yard, be a Committee, to 
.ire what Laws are expired, or are near expiring, and to make Report thereof to' 
the Houfe forthwith. 

A Petition from William'Thorn, of Woodbridge, prefented to the Houfe at a former 
Sitting, fetting forth, that the Petitioner in crofting New-tork Bay, loft the Sum of 
/. 269 : 1-2 : 4, light Money, in Jerjey Bills of Credit, and praying Allowance from the 
Colony for the fame, was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from feveral of the Juftices of the Peace, Freeholders and Inhabitants of 
the County of Suffex, figned by 179 Hands, was prefented to* the Houfe, and read, 
letting forth the great Want of a Court-houfe and Goal in the faid County ; and 
oiaying a Law for building the fame near Cafper Sheaver's, in faid County ; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from fundry Inhabitants of Newtmr, in the County of Gloucefter, fetting 
forth the great Benefits of damming up Newton Creek, and praying an Aft of Affembly 
for that Purpofe, was prefented to the Houfe, read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition of diverfe of the Inhabitants of the County of Morris, was read, fetting 
forth the Neceffity of erecting and fupporting feveral Bridges at a very great Expence j 
which the Petitioners conceive would lay too heavy on the Townfhip of Pcquanack, &e. 
and praying Relief in the Premifes. \ 

Ordered, 

That the faid Petition have a fecond Reading. 

Several Petitions were prefented to the Houfe, from the County of Morris, figned by 
190 Hands, fetting forth the Hardfhips they labour under, by having no Members 
allowed to reprefent them in General Affembly •, praying the Legislature to grant 
them the ufual Privileges the other Counties enjoy, in being reprefented by Two 
Members in General Affembly for the future •, which were read, and ordered a 
iecond Reading. 

A Petition from the Inhabitants of the Precinct of Saddle River, in the County of 
Bergen, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth the great Hardfhip that 
Frecindt lays under in Building and Repairing its Bridges ; and praying the fame 
may be made a County Charge ; which was ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourned till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 



Saturday, November 1, 1760. 
The Houfe met. 



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A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Lot Evans, a Piifbner in Burlington 
Gaol for Debt, fetting forth, the Harcifhips of his Confinement ; and praying Relief 
by Ad of Affembly ; which was read, and ordered a fccond Reading. 

Mr. Hancock, with Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, intitled, An Aft for 
the Continuance of an Acl, entitled, An Acl for erecting the Bridge over Salem Creek into 
a Toll Bridge ■, which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Petition of William Petv, a Lieutenant in the New-Jerfey Regiment, prefented 
to the Houfe at a former Sitting ; was now read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Lawrence, from the Committee, appointed to enquire what Laws have expired, 
or are near expiring by their own Limitation ; made the following Report in Writ- 
ing ; to wit, 

An Act to prevent Atlions of Fifteen Pounds and under, being brought into the 
Supreme Court of this Province, will expire at the End of this Seffion. 

An Aft to erecl and eftablijh Courts in the fever al Counties of this Colony, for the Try al 
of fmall Caufes, will expire at the End of this Sefiion. 

An Ad jor the better Enabling of Creditors to recover their juft Debts from Perfons 
•who abfcond themfelves, will expire at the End of this Sefiion. 

An Aft for reviving an Acl, for the Relief of poor diftreffed Prifoners for Debt, is 
expired. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Capt. Nathaniel Rufco, fetting forth, 
That the Province is yet confiderably in Arrear to him ; and praying the fame may 
be taken into Confederation ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

yix.Wetherill, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Ad to prevent Perfons from coming from other Provinces to be inoculated 
within this Province ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

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The Houfe adjourned till Monday Morning next Nine o'Clock. 

Monday, November 3, 1760. 
The Houfe met. 

The Ad, entitled, An Ad for the Continuance of an Acl, entitled, An Acl for the 
ereding the Bridge over Salem Creek into a Toll Bridge ; was read the fecond Time, 
and committed to Mr. Learning and Mr. Miller. * 

Four Petitions from tke Townfhips of Glouce/ler, Newton, Watefftrd, and the Town 
of Gloucefter, in the County of Cloucefier, prefented to the Houfe at a former Sitting, 
fetting forth, that a great Number of«the Inhabitants of faid County are feated on 
Lands out of the Limits of any Townlhip within the fame, by Reafon whereof they 
have been exempted from paying any Taxes, &c. praying the Houfe will take the 
Tame into Confederation, were read; and ordered a fecond Reading. 

^ The engrofTed Bill, entitled, An Ad for Building and Maintaining a Bridge over 
Cooper'j Creek, and Rebuilding and Maintaining other Bridges on the great Roads from 
Burlington County to Cooper'i Ferries ; and for keeping the -new Road from Burlington to 
the faid Ferries in Repair, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, .» 

That Mi. Read and Mr. Stokes do carry the fame to the Counil, for Concurrence. 

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A Petition was preferred to the Houfe, from fome of the Juftices and Freeholder's of 
the County of Gloucefter, fetting forth, that the Subicribers met at the Town of 
Gloucefter, tochufc a County Collector, purfuant to the Directions of an Act of Affembly 
oi this Province; but there not being a fufficient Number met, they could not proceed 
to make the laid Choice •, praying a Law to remedy the faid Omiflion, and the like 
Inconveniencies for the future ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from Miles Bunn, a Prifoner for Debt in the Gaol of Perth- Amboy, was 
prcfented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth the Petitioner's diftrefled Circumftances, 
iind praying an inlblvent Act may pais-. 
Ordered, 

That the fame have a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Stokes and himfelf had delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

His Excellency's Speech was read a fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of 
the whole Houfe. 

Several of the Inhabitants of the County of Gloucefler, praying for the Opening of 
Woodbury Creek, attending, were called in ; and it appearing that the Petitioners had not 
given their Opponents proper Notice, according to a former Order of this Houfe: 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners, with their Opponents, do attend this Houfe on Monday next, 
the tenth of this Inftant November ■, and that the Petitioners do ferve John Sparks, James 
Whitall, and William Wood, with a Copy of this Order, on or before Friday next. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Read, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. Miller, Mr. Stokes, 
Mr. Clement, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Learning, and Mr. J. Ogden, be a Committee 
to adjuft the Accounts of the feveral Perfons who have been concerned in laying out 
the Publick Money of this Colony, and report to the Houfe. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to prevent the Banger of Spreading the Small-Pox in the 
County cf Middlefex, ciJY. was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Fijher and 
Mr. R. Ogden. 

Ordered, 
That the refpective Treafurers of this Province do lay their Accounts before the 
Houfe. 

Mr. S. SmitJf, one of the Committee of Correfpondence, laid before the Houfe, 
fundry Letters which the faid Committee had wrote and received, on Behalf of the 
Province. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. 

Tuefday, November 4, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The Weftern Treafurer, agreeable to the Order of the Houfe Yefterday, laid his' 
Accounts before the Houfe. 

Ordered, , . 

That Mr. Learning, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Tard, Mr. Wetherill, and Mr. Clement, or any 
three of them, be a Committee to join a Committee of the Council, to infpect the 
Weftern Treasurer's Accounts, and burn the cancelled Money in his Flands, and make 
Report to the Houfe : And that Mr. A. Smyth and Mr. Hogland do inform the Council 
thereof, and defire the Council to appoint a Committee for that Purpofe, and Time 
and Place of Meeting. 

A Petition 



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A Petition from the Juftices, Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the County of 
Sujfex, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth, that the faid County is 
reprefented in the General Aflcmbly by the Members for the County of Hunterdon, 
who are ehofen by the Freeholders of Hunterdon alone, and have not full Knowledge of 
the Situation and Circumftances of the faid County of Suffix ■, praying the Privilege of 
being reprefented by Members ehofen and returned from the faid County of Suffix. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition have a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from the Magiftfates and Grand- Jury of the County of Suffix, was pre- 
fented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth, that by the advanced Reward for killing 
Wolves and Panthers in this Province, the faid County of Suffix is very much burthened, 
it lying contiguous to the Provinces of New-York and Pennfylvania, where the Premiums 
for killing Wolves and Panthers ismuchlefj; and praying, that the late Supplement 
to the Law for encouraging the killing of Wolves and Panth«rs may be repealed, at 
leaft for the faid County of Suffiex* 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition be read a fecond Time. 

Mr. A. Smyth reported, that Mr. Hogland and himfelf had delivered the Meffage 
with them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Two Petitions from a Number of the Inhabitants of the Counties of Hunterdon, 
Morris and Suffix, were prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth the pernicious 
Confequences of erecting Pounds, Wears and Bafkets in the River Delaware, for 
catching of Fifh, by which great Quantities of young Fifh, and Fry of Fifh, are 
deftroyed, to the great Prejudice of the Publick \ and praying a Law for Remedy of 
the faid deftruftive Practices. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petitions be read, a fecond Time. 

Mr. Fijher, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, An Aft 
to pr -event the Danger of Spreading the Small-Pox in the County of Middlefex, &V . reported 
the faid Bill with feveral Amendments to the fame ; which were read in their Places ; 
and on the Queftion, the faid Bill as amended, was agreed to, and ordered to beengroffed. 

The Houfe adjourned till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Fijher, Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Miller, Mr. R. 
Ogden, and Mr. Learning, be a Committee to bring in a Bill, to eftablifh Courts for 
the Trial of fmallCaufes; and alfo a Bill, for the better enabling Creditors to recover 
their juft Debts from Per fons who abfeond themfelvcs. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Yard and Mr. J. Ogden be a Committee to bring in a Bill, to prevent 
Aftions of Fifteen Pounds and under, being brought into the Supreme Court of this 
Colony. 

The Petition of William thorn, of Woodbridge, fetting forth his Lofs, of a large 
Sum of Money, in Jerjey Bills of Credit, and praying Allowance for the fame, was 
read a fecond Time, and alfo feveral Affidavits confirming his faid Lofs •, and the faid 
William thorn being called in, and fully examined on his Qualification, his Petition 
is referred to further Confideration. 

The engrafted Bill, entitled, An Aft to prevent the Danger of Spreading the Small-Pox 
in the County of Middlefex, by Non-Refidents coming into the faid County to be inoculated, 
was read, and compared : On the Queftion ; 
Refolved, 
That the Bill do pafs. 

C Ordered' 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetberill znd Mr. A.Smytb do carry the faid Bill to the Counil, for Concurrence 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from Ptter Pettier, and read, fetting forth, 
that the Petitioner is a foreign Proteftant, and has married a Woman intituled to 
Land* in this Province, praying an Act to naturalize him j which is ordered a fecond 

Reading. 

A Petition from the Owner* of the Meadows on Woodbury Cre«k, and Branche* 
thereof, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, complaining, that the Petitioners have 
jeveral Times applied for a Law to open the faid Creek and Branches, but have had 
the Misfortune to be mifreprefented to the Houfe i and praying that they may have an 
Opportunity to be fully heard. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition have a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Wednesday \ November 5, 1760, 

, The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. S. Smith and Mr. Yard, be a Committee to bring in an Act, to adj»fl 
the Proportions of the Money granted by Parliament to this Colony, in order to leflem 
their refpective finking Funds on each County. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
A Petition from Stephen Barnes, a Prifoner in Sufex County, was prefented to the 
Houfe, and read, complaining of his hard CircumlUnces, and praying the Houfe wilj 
prefcribe a Method for his Relief. 
Ordered, 
That his Petition have a fecond Reading. 

The Petition of Peter P enter, a Foreign Proteftant, praying Leave to bring in a Bill 
for his Naturalization, was read the fecond Time ; and a Certificate being produced, 
from the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; of the faid Petitioner's having taken the 
Oaths of Allegiance, Supremacy, and the Abjuration, according to Law. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Pettier have Leave to bring in a Bill, purfuant to the Prayer of his 
Petition. 

Mr. Yard, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
intitled, An Act for the Continuing the Att of the General Afembly of this Colony, entitled. 
An All to prevent Actions of Fifteen Pounds and under, &c . which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o* Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Thar/day, November 6, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Wetherill reported, that Mr. A. Smyth and himfelf delivered the Bill with 
them entrufted, to Mr. John/Ion, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

The Houfe being informed, that fome of the WitnefTes in the Affair of Woodbury 
Creek, which was ordered to be heard before this Houfe on Monday next, are fick, 
and unable to attend. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That the faid Caufc be put off till Thurfday the 13th of November Inftant ; and 
that William Wood ferve Habbaknk Ward, one of the Parties concerned, with a Copy 
of this Order ; and that all fuch written Evidence will be admitted on the hearing on 
each Side, as can be made appear to be taken by David Cooper, in the Prefence oi one 
ot each Party, and attefted to before a Magistrate ; provided it alfo appears, that fuch 
Evidence was not able to perfonaDy attend this Houft. 

Mr. S. Smith reported, that Mr. Yard and himfelf, according to the Order of the 
Houfe, had prepared a Bill to adjuf; the Proportions of the Money granted by Par- 
liament, tiff, and are ready to ]g the fame before the Houfe, whenever the Houfe 
will pleafe to receive the lame. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be read immediately. Which was read accordingly, and ordered 
a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from Edward Broadfield, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting 
forth, That the Petitioner left his Native Country, to eftablilh a Fifhery in this Province 
and hath been at great Trouble and Expence to procure the Necefiaries, for catching 
and curing Sturgeon and other Fifh ; but finds his Hopes intirely blafted by the preva- 
lent Cuft»m of creeling Pounds, Bafkets and "Wears, in almoft every Part of the 
River Delaware, by which great Destruction is made of Fifn, both in Seafon and out 
of Seafon, to the gr? at Detriment of the Publick in general, and of the Petitioner in 
particular; praying theHcule v, ill take fuch Mealures, as they fhall think proper to 
prevent the like Practices for the future. 
Ordered^ 

That his Petition be read a fecond Time. 

A Petition from the Juftices and Freeholders of the County of Sufex, praying Leave 
to build a Court-houfe and Prifon on Cafpar Sbtaver'i Plantation, was read the fecend 
Time ; and the Sheriff of Sufex, Col. Van Camptn, &c. being called in, and fully 
examined, as to the proper Place and Situation for building the faid Court-houfe and 
Prifon. 

Ordered^ 
That Mr. Yard and Mr. Middagh be 1 Committee, to prepare and bring in a Bill 
to build a Court-houfe and Jail on Cafpeqpheaver'% Plantation, or within a Mile thereof. 
The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o'clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met, and adjourned till Nine o'CIock To-morrow Morning. 

« Friday, November 7, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition from Anthony White, James Neil/on, and Samuel Kemble, in Behalf of 
themfelves and othtr Inhabitants of the Counties of Somerfet, Middle/ex, Hunterdon, 
and Morris, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth, that the Petitioners) 
together with Hendrick Fijher, Efq; a Member of this Houfe, were impowered by many 
of the Inhabitants of the faid Counties, to raife by Subfcription, as much Money as will 
defray the Expence of building a Bridge acrofs Rarit an River, at the Place called Bound 
Brook •, but being fully fatisfied, that the Subfcription-Money will fall greatly fliort of 
finifhing the faid Work, do pray Leave to creel: a Lottery, to raife Money enough to 
compleat the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the Petition be read a fecond Time. 

A Petition from the Owners of a certain Tract of Tide-Meadow and Cripple, fituate 
«n the South Side of Cohanfte Cretk, in the County of Cumberland, was prefented to the 
Houfe, and read, felting forth, that the faid Meadow and Cripple ii now within Bank, 

but 



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but for Want of proper Means to oblige each of the Owneri to maintain their feveral 
Proportions of the fame, it is almoft ufelcfs ; praying the Houfe will pafs an Aft to 
remedy the faid Complaint. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Petition have a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from the Owners of the Meadows lying on Little Timber-Creek, in the 
County of Gloucejla; was prefented to the Houfe, and read, fetting forth, that the 
Petitioners have lately erected a certain Bank, Dam, and other Water-works, acrofs the 
faid Creek, the doing of which promifeth confiderable Advantage to all the Owners of 
the fame Meadows, provided the faid Works can be fupported equally by all the 
Owners j praying the Houfe will pafs an Aft, to enable them to chufc Managers 
Yearly, to maintain the faid Works, and to tax the feveral Owners equitably. 
Ordered, 

That the fame Petition be read the fecond Time. 

A Petition from Ruth Price, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, complaining, 
That the Petitioner is a poor unfortunate Widow, with Six Children, and hath lain 
above three Months in Burlington Jail for feveral Debts, which fhe has no Profpeft of 
paying •, and praying an Infolvent Aft for her Relief. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition be read a fecond Time. 

Mr. Tard, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a* Bill, 
entitled, An Aft for Building a Csurt-Houfe and Jail in the Ceunty of Suflex ; which 
was read the firft Time, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Learning, from the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Aft for the Continuance of an Atl, entitled, An AH for Erefting the Bridge over 
Salem Creek into a Toll Bridge -, reported the lame with feveral Amendments thereto v 
which were read in their Places, and agreed to by the Houfe* 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engroffW. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clocl: To-morrow Morning, 

Saturday, November 8, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The Petition of the Owners of the Traft of Meadow and Cripple on Cohanje Cretk ; 
was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill purfuant to the Prayer of the 

Petition. 

Tht Petition from the Owners of the Meadows on Little timber-Creek, was read 

tht fecond Time. 
Ordered, 
That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill pwrfuant to the Prayer of the 

Petition. 

Mr. Clement, on the Behalf of the Owners of the Meadows on Little Timber-Creek, 
in Purfuance of the Leave granted by this Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Aft 
tt enable the Owners and Ptfftffors »f the Meadows on Little Timber-Creek, in the County 
cf Gloucefter, tofupptrt and maintain a certain Bank, &c. which was read, and ordered 
a fecond Reading. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to afcertain the Proportion of the Monty granted, or to be 

granted by Parliament to this Colony, &c K was read the fecond Time, and committed to 

Mr. Ladd and Mr. R. Ogden. 

The 



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The engrafted Bill, entitled, An Act for the Continuance of an Acl, entitled. An At! 
fbr creeling the Bridge over Salem Creek into a Toll Bridge ; was read and compared ; 
and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Miller do carry the lame to the Council, for Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourned till Monday Morning, Nine o'Clock. 

Monday, November 10, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Miller and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrusted, to Mr. Kemble, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

Mr. Miller, in Behalf of the Owners of the Meadow and Cripple on Ccbanfie Creek, 
according to Leave, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Act to enable the Owners and Poffeffors 
of Jome Meadows or Marfhes in Fairfield, in the County of Cumberland, to keep the Tide 
from overflowing the fame ? which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Act to enable the Owners and PofTefiors of the Meadows on Little Timber-Creek, 
&c. was read the lecond Time, and committed to Mr. Clement and Mr. Stokes. 

The Petition from fome of the Juftices and Freeholders of the County of Gloucefter y 
complaining of the Omiffion of chufing a County Collector, was read the fecond Time. 
Oraered, 

That Mr. S. Smith and Mr. Miller, be a Committee to bring in a Bill, to rectify the 
faid Omiffion, and to prevent the like Omiffions for the future. 

The feveral Petitions from the Townfhips of Glcucefler, &c. for erecting Townfhips, 
were read the fecond Time ; and, 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Fifher and Mr. A. Smyth, be a Committee to bring in a Bill, to run out 
the Lines of the feveral Counties of this Province, as they are now afeertained by Law, 
and the feveral Townfhips where necefiary, and to include extra-parochial Inhabitants. 

Mr. R. Ogden, from the Committee to whom the Bill, entitled, An Act to afcertain 
the Proportion of the Money granted, or to be granted, by Parliament to this Celony, &c. 
was committed, reported the fame, with feveral Amendments thereto ; which were read 
in tiieir Places, and agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engrafTed. , 

A Mefiage from the Council by Mr. Afhfield, in the Words following : 

" Ordered, 
" That Mr. Afhfield do acquaint the Houfe of Afiembry, that Mr. Kemble, Mr. 
" Saltar, and Mr. Afhfield, or any two of them, are appointed a Committee, to join a 
" Committee of the Houfe of Afiembly, to infpect the Weftern Treafurer's Accounts, 
" and burn the cancelled Money in his Hands ; and that To-morrow Morning at Nine 
" o'Clock, at the Treafurer's Office, be the Time and Place of Meeting. 

" By Order of the Haufe, 

" S. Blackwood, pr. Clerk. " 

" Ctuneil-Cbambtr, Nov. 10, 1760. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read have Leave to bring in a Bill, to regulate the Fairs throughout this 
Province. D Ordered 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. J. Ogden and Mr. ^. Smyth', be a Committee 
to bring in a Bill for the Regulation of Highways throughout this Province. 

Then the Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Tuefday, November n, 1760. 

The Houfe met, and adjourn'd till Two o' Clock in the Afternoon. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft to a/certain the Proportion of the Money granted, 
or to be granted by Parliament to this Colony, in order to lejfen the Jinking Funds on each 
refpeclive County, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion - f 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Le'aming do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for Concurrence. 

The feveral Petitions from the County of Morris and Saddle-River Precinft, relating 
to Bridge* and Surveyors, were read the fecond Time, and referred to the Committee 
for bringing in a Bill to regulate Highways, &e. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Learning and himfelf had delivered the Bill with 
them entruftcd, to Mr. Jchnjlon, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

A Meflage from the Council, by Mr. Kemble, acquainting the Houfe, that the Council 
have palled the Bill, entitled, An Aft for Building and Maintaining a Bridge over 
Cooper'* Creek, cifc. and alfo the Bill, entitled, An Aft for the Continuance of an A£f y 
entitled, An Aft for ereKivg the Bridge over Salem Creek into a Toll-Bridge, without any 
Amendment. 

The Petition from the Juftices and Grand Jury of the County of Sujfex, praying a 
Repeal of the late Supplement to the Law for encouraging tne killing of "Wolves and 
Panthers, was read the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion, whether the Prayer of the 
faid Petition be granted or not ? it was carried in the Negative. 



YEAS. 




NAYS, 


N A YS. 


Mr. A. Smylb, 




Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. S Smith 


Mr. Vificr, 




WiuWctkerill, 


Mr. Paxfcn. 


Mr. Hoogland, 




Mr. Lawrence, 


Mt.Sltkes, 


Mr. Ladd, 




Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. Clement, 


Mr. Milltr. 




Mr. R. Ogden, 


lAr.Haneoci, 


Mr. Yard, 




Mr. J. Ogden. 


Mr. Learning. 


Mr. Middagh, 


• 


Mr. Ried, 




Ordered, 






the faid Petition 


do lie on 


the Table, 





The Petition from the Juftices, Freeholders and otker Inhabitants of Sujfex, praying^ 
the faid County may be reprefented in the General Aherrrbly, by Members chofenoue 
of the faid County, was read die fecond Time ; and on the Queftion ; 
Ordered, 

That the faid Petition do lie on the Table. t 

The Petitions from Cumberland and Morris, praying for Members to reprefent them 
in General Aflembly, being read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Yard, Mr. Middagh and Mr. Miller, be a Committee to bring in a BilJ, 
to allow the faid Counties to choofe each of them two Members, according to the 
Prayer of their Petitions. 

The 



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The Ad:, entitled, An Aft to triable the Owners, &c. of the Meadows on Cohanfie 
Creek, &c. was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Hancock and Mr. A. 
Smyth. 

The Houfe adjcurn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning, 

Wednesday, November 12, 1760, 

The Houfe met. 

Four Petitions from the Inhabitants of the Townfhip of Shrewfbury, in the County 
of Monmouth, praying their Bridges may be made a County Charge, were prefented to 
the Heufe, and read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from Jacob Morris, William Reynolds % James Wilfon and Matthew Rober, 
Prifoners for Debt in Monmouth Jail, paying an inlblvent Aft for their Relief ■, were 
prefented to the Houfe, and read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Hancock, from the Committee, to whom wes committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Aft to enable the Owners of the Meadows, &c. on Cohande Creek, &c. reported the 
fame with leveral Amendments thereto ; which were re^d in their Places ; and ori 
the Queftion. 

Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engrofied. 

Mr. Clement, from the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill, entided, An 
Aft/* enable the Owners of the Meadows, &x. owLitde Timber-Creek, &c. reported 
the fame without any Amendment ; which being read: On the Queftion; 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engroffed. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider of his 
Excellency's Speech : And after fbme Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the 
Chair, and Mr. Lawrence, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee 
had gone through his Excellency's Speech, and had come to feveral Refolutions ; 
•which the Committee had cirefted him to report, whenever the Houfe will pleafe to 
receive the fame. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Lawrence reported theRefolutions of the Committee as follows. 

1. Refolved, 

That an humble Addrefs be prefented to his Excellency, in Anfwer to his favourable 
Speech. To which the Houfe agreed. 

2. Refolved, 

That the Government be fupported. To which the Houfe agreed. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read, Mr. S. Smith, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Fifher and Mr. Ladd, be a Com- 
mittee, to prepare a Draught of an Addrefs to his Excellency. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Paxfon and M*. J. Ogdtn, be 
a Committee to bring in a Bill for Support of Government. 

On a Motion made ; And the Queftion put, Whether the following Refolve be agreed 
|o, or not ? It was carried for the Refolve, as follows. 

YEAS. 
Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. A. Smytb, 
Mr. R. Os^den, 
Mr. J. Ogden, 
Mr. Fi/brr, 
Mr. Holland, 

Refohtd, 



YEAS. 


NAYS. 


NAYS. 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. WetbtrUl, 


Mr. Clement, 


Mr. S. Smtb. 


Mr. Lanurence, 


Mr. Hancock, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. Holmes, 


Mr. Learning, 


Mr. Milter; 


Mr. Pax/en, 


Mr. Middqgh, 


Mr. Yard. 


Mr. Stake.', 





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Refoived, 
That Provifion be by Law made for applying fuchPartof the £. 1600, given for 
Indian Affairs as is not yet laid out, towards defraying fuch Expences as were neceffary 
in removing the Indians, and fettling them at Brotherton, in fuch Manner as the Com- 
miffioners for Indian Affairs fhall think juft and equal. 

The Memorial from the Correfpondents and Commiffioners of the Society in Scotland 
for propagating Chriftian Knowledge ; and the Memorial from the Rev. Mr, John 
Brainard, both refpefting the Indian Settlement at Brotherton, in this Province, were 
read the Vecond Time ; and on the Queftion, whether the faid Memorials do lie on the 
Table, or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 

YEAS. YEAS. YEAS. NAY. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Fijher, Mr. Clement, Mr. R. Ogden. 

Mr. A. Smyth, Mr. Hogland, Mr. Hancock, 

Mr. IVetherill, Mr. S. Smith, Mr. Miller, 

Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Paxfon, Mr. Learning, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. J. Ogden, Ml-. Ladd,- Mr. Middagh. 

Ordered^ 
That the faid Memorials do lie on the Table. 1 

On a Motion made, and the Queftion put, Whether the Houfe do now enter into 
the following Refolve, or not ? it was carried as follows : 

YEAS. YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Paxfon, Mr. Miller, Mr. A. Smyth, 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Learning, Mr. R. Ogden, 

Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Middagh. Mr. J. Ogden, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Clement, Mr. Yard. 

Mr. S. Smith, Mr. Hancock, 

Refoived, 
That this Houfe will not make any Provifion for any Perfonto live among the Indians. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Fijher, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Act to run cut the Lines of the Jeveral Counties of this Province \ as afcer- 
tained by Aft of Affembly, and the fevtral Townfhips where necejfary, and to include 
extraparochial Inhabitants ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Petition from the Townfhip of Evejham, in the County of Burlington, was pre- 
fented to the Houfe, praying for a Taw, to clear a Stream of Water on the Southerly 
Branch of Ancocas Creek ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft for Building a Csurt-Houfe and Gaol in the County f 
Suffex •, was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. R. Ogden and Mr. Miller. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o* Clock. 

Thurfday, November 13, 1760. 
The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, and read, from Amos Aufiin, fetting forth, 
That Hejler Aufiin his Wife, was lately convicted at the Court of Quarter Seffions for 
the County of Burlington, of feveral notorious Adulteries; and that fhe now lives, and 
for many Years part, hath lived very unhappily with the Petitioneu, and is daily fpend- 
ing his Subftance ; and humbly praying the Houfe will pafs an Aft to divorce him from 
his faid Wife, 
z Ordered, 
That the faid Petition haye a fecond Reading. 

Mr. 



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Mr. R. Ogden, from the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 

An Aft for Building a Court-Hcufe and Gaol in the County of Suffex ; reported the fame 

with feveral Amendments ; which were read in their Places, and fome additional 

Amendments being made thereto, the fame as amended was agreed to by the Houfe. 

Ordered, 

That the laid Bill as amended, be engroffed. 

The cngroffid Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and Poffeflbrs of fome 
Meadows or Marfhes in Fairfield, in the County of Cumberland, to keep the 1'ide from 
overflowing the fame ; being read and compared ; On the Queftion ; 
Refohed, 
That the fame do pais. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Hancock and Mr. Miller do carry the fame to the Council, for Concurrence. 

The Aft, intitled, An Aft for the further Continuing the Act of General Affembly of 
this Colony, entitled, An Atl to prevent Actions ot Fifteen Pounds and under, being 
brought into the Supreme Court of this Province, was read the fecond Time, and 
committed to Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Middagh. 

Mr. Hancock reported, that Mr. Miller and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to Mr. Kembie, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

The Houfe adjourned till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 
Accordbg to the Order of the Day, the Parries concerned for and againft the Dam 
at Woodbury Creek, attending, were called in, and on both Sides fully heard ; and then 
they were ordered to withdraw, and the Confideration thereof adjourned till To-morrow 
Morning. 

The Houfe »adjourned till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Friday, November 14, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Lawrence, from the Committee appointed tor that Purpofe, brought in a Bills. 
entitled, An Act for the Support of Government, l^c. which was read, and ordered a 
fecond Reading. 

The feveral Petitions from Hunterdon, Morris and Sujfex, and Edward Broadfield, 
againft the erecting of Pounds, isc. in the River Delaware, for the catching of Fifh, 
and obftrufting the Navigation, were read the fecond Time, and referred rill next Seffion, 
that it may be feen what the Legiflature of Pennfyhania may do on the Occauon ; as 
it is probable Nothing can be efteftually done without their Afliftance ; and becaufe it 
has not appeared to this Houfe, that any of the Parties concerned in erefting the faid 
Pounds have had Notice of the Application againft them : And if it appears at the 
next Sefiion, that publick Notice has been given in the News-papers of this Application, 
and Nothing then appears againft it : 
Ordered, 

Thst the Members of Hunterdon have Leave to bring in a Bill purfuant to the. 
Prayer of the faid Petitions. 

A Pjxition from George Andreas Virfelius and Jacob Antony, praying an Aft to naturalize 
theptf, was prefented to the Houfe, and read, and ordered a iecond Reading. 

. A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Afhfield, acquainting the Houfe, that the Council 
have paffed the Aft, entitled, An Aft to ascertain the Proportion of the Money granted, or 
to be granted by Parliament to this Colony, in order to lejfen the finking Funds on each 
refpeliive County, without any Amendment. 

I The 



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The Houfe refuming the Confideration of the Affair of Woodbury Creek, and a 
Debate arifing thereon •, the Queftion was put, and carried in the Affirmative, whether 
the Perfons benefited by the Dam, fhall have a Law to open the Creek for their own 
Conveniency, on Condition they make fuch Satisfaction to all Perfons injured by 
making the faid Dam, in fuch Manner as Perfons indifferently and mutually chofen 
between them fhall think juft and equal ; and in Cafe they cannot agree upon fuch 
Men, that the faid Damages fhall be affefled by Perfons named in the Act? 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Fifher and Mr. R. Ogden be a Committee to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock,- P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Lawrence, from the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Act for the Continuing the Atl of the General Affembly of this Colony, entitled, An A£t 
to prevent Actions of Fifteen Pounds and under, being brought into the Supreme 
Court of this Province, was committed, reported the fame with feveral Amendments 
thereto ; which were read in their Places ; and on the Queftion j 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engrofTed. 

Mr. Yard, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Act for i-efling the Right of Election of Reprefentativts, to ferve in the 
General Ajfembly of this Province, in the Counties of Cumberland and Morris ; which 
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Petition from George Andreas Virfelius and Jacob Antony, praying an Act for 
their Naturalization, was read the fecond Time ; and a Certificate being produced from 
the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; of their having taken the proper Oaths and Ab- 
juration according to Law : On the Queftion, 
Ordered, 

That Leave be given to bring in a BiU, purfuant to the Prayer of the Petition. 

Several Petitions prefented to the Houfe, at the laft Sitting, from Capt. Amos Ogden, 
Lieutenant Jofiah Banks, and Enfign Daniel Coo, were read, letting forth, That they 
feverally inhfted a Number of able-bodied Soldiers, for the Jerfey Regiment ; which at 
the Time of their Review happened not to be wanted for the Service of faid Regi- 
ment ; praying that they may be reimburfed the Expences they were neceffarily put 
to, in raifing and fubfifling faid Men, from the Time of their Inlifting, until the 
Time of their Difcharge, as aforefaid. « 

Ordered, 

That the faid Petitions have a fecond Reading. 

The Houfc refuming the Confideration of the Cafe of William Thorn of Woedbridge, 
and it appearing upon clear Evidence, that the Fact of his lofing by Accident, in 
the Bay of New-York, the Sum of £. 231:2, Proclamation Money, in Bills of 
Credit of this Colony, is undoubtedly true. 
Refolved, 

That the faid Sum of £. 231 :2,. be allowed him out of the Exchange Money now 
in the Treafury ; and that Mr. Wetherill and Mr. A. Smyth, do prepare and bring in a 
Bill for that Purpofe. 

The Petition of Amos Aufiin, praying for a Divorce from his Wife Hefler AufUn, 
was read the fecond Time, and referred for further Confideration to the next Seffion. 

The Petition from Anthony White, and others, praying for a Lottery, to raife 
Money to build a Bridge over the River Rariton, at Bound Brook, .was read the 
fecond Time ■, and on the Queftion, whether the Prayer of the Petition be granted or 
not, it was carried in the Negative. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That the faid Petion do lie on the Tabic. 

On a Motion made. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Spicer and Mr. Fifher, be a Committee to bring in a Bill, to revive fiich 
Part of the Aft, entitled, An Aft to impower certain Perfons to pur chafe the Claims of 
the Indians to hand in this Colony ; as relates to Lotteries, and alfo to amend the Aft, 
entitled, An Aft for the more effectual preventing of Lotteries, &c. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o* Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Saturday, November 15, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Spicer, one of the Committee of Correfpendence, laid before the Houfe feveral 
Letters, which the faid Mr. Spicer, as one of the Committee, had fent to, and received 
from, the late Agent of this Province, at the Court of Great-Britain, and his Execu- 
tors ; which were read ; and the faid late Agent's Accounts are referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Support Bill. 

Mr. Wetherilli from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Aft to indemnify William Thorn, for a Sum of Money in Bills of Credit 
if this Colony loft by Accident ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and Poffeffors of the 
Meadows lying en Litde Timber Creek, &c. was read and compared ; and oh the 
Queftion, 

Refohedi 
That the fame do jj'afs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Clement and Mr. Stokes, do carry the faid Bill to tht Council, for Concurrence. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, Ar i Aft for the Continuing the Ail of the General Affembly 
of this Colony, entitled, An AR to prevent Aftions of fifteen Pounds and under, being 
brought into the Supreme Court or this Province, was read and compared j and on 
the Queftion, 

Rtfohed, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer and Mr. J. Ogden, do carry the fame to the Council, for Concurrence. 

Mr . [Clement reported, that Mr. Stokes and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to Mr. Ktmble, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

, Mr. "Learning, from the Committee formerly appointed to fettle the Eaftern Trea- 
farer's Accounts, made the following Report in Writing ; which was agreed to by the 
Houfe. 

"The Committee appointed in March 1759, toinfpeft the Accounts of the Trea- 
*' furer of the Eaftern Divifion of New-Jerfey, agree that Aaron Learning do make the 
«* Report contained in the following Accounts to the Houfe of General Afiembly. 



The 



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The Hon. An drew Johnston, Efq; Treafurer of the Eajiern Divifion of N. Jeriey, Dr. 

Old Deficiencies and 

To Part of the £, 15-14.-5;, that was reported in 17=7, to be outftanding in MidJIefrx, in 
the Tax for Support of Government in 1726, and which in 1727, 172S, and 1729, was 
reduced to - - - /. 18-18-5$: 

To another Arrear in Middlefex, in the Tax of 1730, for Support of Government, 35 -°°-° 

To Arrears in the Intereft as per Reports, in 1744, 1747. &c. vitt 

Bergen, 21-4-9;, EJfex, 7*-6-sl> Middle/ex, 38-12-7; 

To Part of the" Deficiency of /. 73-14-0, in the County of Somerfet, in the Intereft of the 
£.4.0,000, that was reported in 1753, afterwards reduced to /. 17 — as per Report in 
June 1754., and now /. 1 5-1 5-0, thereof being paid by Jtnmimts Vaneft, leaves an Arrear 
of - 1-05-0 

To the faid Sum received of Jeronimus Vanefl, ------ 1 5-15-0 ^ 



£• 4-3-1S-054- 
132-3 10^ 



ToBallance due to the Colony, as per Report in "June, 1754, 

To Monies payable on the 21ft of November annually, from the Eaftern Counties, by the 
leveral Support-Acts, as follows: Bergen omitted in 1753, provided for by the laft 
tlaufe of the Support- Aft in 1754, - - - 

Middlefex, - - - - 

Monmouth, - - - - - 

EJfex, - - - - - 

Somerfet, - 

Bergen, — 



1754, November 21. 



181-05-5 
162-17-4 
155-14-3 
223-06-2 
131-16-0 



1755, November 21'. 



17^6, November 21. 

1757, November 2 1 . 

1758, November 21. 



Middle/ex, 
Monmouth, 
Ejjex, ^ 
Somerfet, 
Bergen, 



To the like Sums from the faid Counties, 
To the like Sums from the faid Counties, 
To the lij^e Sums from the faid Counties, 



271-18-ii 
39406-0 
233 11-4^ 
334-19-3- 
197-14-0 



17-00 -• 
1158-05-5 



197-13-11 



954-19-02 



14 32-08- j 

1432-ot 9 
1432-08-9 
1432-08 9 



£■ S,233->5-9i 



Touching the two old Arrears firft above-mentioned on the Debtor-Side, thefe Committees efteem it 
neceflary to obferve, That by Act for Support of Government for Five Years, to commence the 23d of September, 
1725, and end the 23d of September 1730, (SeeMr. Kinfefs Book, page 17:) the County of Middlefex was te 
raife by Taxes, in 1726, ------£■ 125-0-0 



in 1726, 

in 1727, - 1 11-0S-11 

in 1728, - 111-0S-11, 

in 1729, - 114-18-co 

Amounting to £. 337-15-10, 



and, 



in the faid three laft mentioned Years, 

That by the Reports in 1727 and 1730, it appears, there was a Deficiency of £. 85-14.5;. in the faid Tax 
of the Year 1726. 

Add the Deficiency of ;;-i4n,^, to 

337-1 ,-- 10 the Quotas of the three laft mentioned Years, 

Makes, £. 363-10-034, 
That MrJww;, the then Treal'urer, received of that Sum, £. 344-n-io : So that there then remained a» 
Arrear of £. iK-ig-5^ ; which has been reported as fuch ever fince. 

That tne Deficiency of £. 25, was alfo Part of the Tax for the above-mentioned Support of Government, 
and commenced in 1730, as appears by 1 be Report, 1733: And, 

That thefe Deficiencies have been continued to be charged in all the Reports of the Committees for the 
faid Accounts, ever fince their Commencements reflectively; as may be feen in the Reports of 1727; July 

7, 1730; Augufl ii, i;v>; Mnrch 14, 1738; June ?6, 1-40; Ntratmber 5, 1741; 1744 3 Februarys, 1747; 

June 8, 1753, and Junt -i, 1754). 



By 



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Per Contra, 



.5 pport of Government. 



By the Two Deficiencies in MiJJUfcx, as per the Debtor-Side, - - . ; 

By the Three Deficiencies in Bergtn, EJfex, and Middkfex, as per the Debtor Side, 
:;5j) By a Deficiency in Somerfet, as per the Debtor Side, - 

?!sr;b iS, By fundry Warrants, Certificates, Receipts, and other Vouchers, examined, 
allowed, and endorfed by the Committees, this Day, brought down to 
Ntrvtmber %7, 1758; amounting to ---.-.. 



^ 



Ballance due to the Colon}-, 



Cr. 



131-03 io£ 
1-05-00 

5,981-07-11^ 
1,074-00-06;* 



£• *.»33-»5-Ji 



Novtmbir ij, 176*^ 



By Order of the Committees, 

L. M. ASHFIELD. 
AARON LEAMING. 



The 



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The Hon. Andrew Johnston, Efq; Treafurer of the Eaftern Divi/lon of New- Jerfejr, 

On Account of Supplying the Provincial Forces, &c. Dr. 

1755. OSeher. To Cadi at Timet received from the Signers of tbe firft £. 15,000, . £. 11,556-03-* 

To Ditto received of the Signers of the fecond 15,000, ... 7,491-00-0 

1756. February 9. To Ditto received from the Signers of the 10,000, .... 5,000-00-* 
Augufi jo. To Ditto received at Times from the Signers of the 11,000, 10,436-8-0 

Retained in the Treafury Part of thi6 Sum for exchanging 

1 ...J .,^,„ B,ll- _ _ _ »-Trn r\-r\ 



ragged and torn Bills, ------ 1,7500-0 

To Ca(H received by his Excellency Governor Belcher, from London, and by him ordered 
into the Treafury, •viz. 

Six Chefts of Silver, which on counting were found to contain 

6,910.^ Pieces of 8, at 7/6 each. - - 9591-8-9 

One Cheft of Gold, containing 1766 Half Johannes's, at 57/6 each, - 5077-5-0 

In fm3ll Money, *Wfc Three Quarter Johannes's at 28/9, /. 4-06-3 
Ten andahalf Enghfh Shillings at 1/6 0-15-9 
Four Coppers, - 0-00-3 

' - 5-*-3 



8,686-o8-< 



7,«73-i6-» 

, ;57 _ j UKI Xo Cam received from the Signers of the fecond 10,000, - - • 5,000-05-0 

July 4. To Ditto received from the Signers of the 5,000, 2,500.10-0 

November. To Ditto received from the Signers of the 2 1,000, .... 63-12-0 

To Ditto received from the Signers of the 30,000, ..... 15,000-00-0 

To Ditto returned by Henry Fijher, Efq; - - .... 100-00-0 

1-tt. May $c June. To Ditto received from Mr. Nevi'l, one of the Signers of the 50,000, 24,453-00-0 

Augufi 4. To Ditto returned by Sam. Nevill, Efq; one of the Commiflioners, 60-00-0 
To Ditto returned by Ditto. ... - 4-13-6 

64-13-6 

9. To Ditto returned by Henry Fijher, Efq; Commiflioner, .... 312-15-8J 

To Ditto returned by John Stevens, Efq; Ditto. - 580-00-0 

November. To Ditto received from S. Nevill, Efq; Remainder of the 50,000, - 547-01-0 

To Ditto received from the Hon.Jamei HuJe,E(q; Signer of the laft io,ooo, 5,000-00 o 

£■ 94.0J9-4-** 



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) 



Per Contra, 



Cr. 



By fundrjr Receipts, Orders and Vouchers, from May, 1755, to -January s8, 1758, 
infpetted, allowed and endorfed, by thefe Committees. .... £, 56,711-14-10 

By fundry Receipts, Orders and Vouchers, from April 28,1758, to July 04, following, 
infpe&ed, allowed and endorfed, by thefe Committees, - 

By Ditto, from Auguft 9, i 75 8, to January j 7 , i 759 ; allowed and endorfed by thefe 
Committees, »-».-_„._ 

Ballaxce due. 




£. 94,019-04-0*5 



Novtmbtr ty, 1760. 



By Order of the Committee!, 

L. M. ASHFIELD. 
AARON LEAMINC. 



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Purfuant to a former Order of the Houfe, the Petition for Erecting a Bridge at the 
Place called the Faft Landing, in the upper Precinct of Cape May, acrofs Cedar Swamp 
Creek, and the fubfequent Petition, relative to fome Regulations reflecting the fame, 
were confidered : And, 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Spicer have Leave to bring in a Bill, purfuant to the Prayer of the faid 
Petition, and the fubfeijacnt Conceffions of both Parties. 

The Bill for the Support of Govemmenty^vm read the fecond Time, and committed 
to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider of the 
faid Bill : And after fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and 
Mr. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made 
fome Progrefs in the Matter to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To which 
the Houie agreed. 



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A Petition was prefented to the Houfe* and read, from the Owners of the Marfhes 
overflown by a Water Courfe, diltinguifhed by the Name of Wills Creek, in the County 
of Cape-May, fetting forth, That the faid Marfhes, if prevented from being overflowed 
by the Tide, might prove more beneficial to the Petitioners ; and that the Petitioners 
haS£ given publick Notice of their Application to this Houfe ; praying the Houfe will 
pais an Act, to enable them to flop out the Tide from overflowing the faid Marfhes ; 
which was ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourned till Monday Morning, Nine o'Clock 



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Monday, N^y ember ly, 1760. 



The Houfe met. 

Mr. Spicer, according to Order, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Act to revive fuch 
Parts cf an Aft, entitled, An Aft to impower certain Perfons to purchafe the Claims of 
the Indians to Lands in this Colony ; as relates to Lotteries ; and alfo to fupply the 
Defeils of another Aft, for fuppreffing Lotteries, and other Gaming within this Colony ; 
which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

According to Leave of this Houfe, a Bill was brought in, entitled, An Act /or 
Naturalizing Peter Penier, George Andreas Virfclius and Jacob Antoni ; which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading, 

Mr. S. Smith, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, A Supplementary Aft to the Aft, entitled, An Aft to enable the Freeholders, in 
Conjunction with three Jultices of the Peace, to chufe a Collector for each refpective 
County within this Province ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Stevens, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, An 
Act for Running and Marking the Lines between the fever al Counties and "Townjhips of this 
Colony ; reported the fame with feveral Amendments thereto ; which were read in their 
Places : And fome further Amendments being now made thereto ; on the Queftion j 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engrofled. 

A Remonftrance, and alfo a Petition, were prefented to the Houfe, from feVeral of 
the Creditors of Robert Smith, controverting fome of the Facts fet forth in his Petition, 
and praying the Houfe will not pafs an Act to relieve the faid Robert, at leaft before 
they are heard againft it ; which were read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Ordered, 
That Candles be brought in. And they were brought in accordingly. 

The 



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The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft for building a Court -houfe and Coal in the County 
of Suffex, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion ; 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Hcgland and Mr. Middagh do carry thefaid Bill to the Council, for Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn 'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Tuefday, November 18, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Spicer reported, that Mr. J. Ogden and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to Mr. Kemkle, one of the Gendemen of the Council. 

Mr. S. Smith, with Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Aft to explain 
and fix in what Money the lcxes to the refpeclive finking Funds floall be hereafter paid 
into the Treafury ; which was riad, 2nd ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. Hogland reported, that Mr. h and; himfelf" delivered the Bill with them 

entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft for running and marking the Lines between the 
feveral Counties and Town/hips of this Colony, was read and compared ; and on the 
Queftion ; 

Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. A.Smyth and Mr. Paxfon do carry the fame to the Council, for Concurrence. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft for naturalizing Peter Penier, George Andreas Virfelius, 
and Jacob Antoni, was read the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion ; 
Ordered, to be engroffed. 

The Petition from the Owners of the Marffies overflown by Wills-Creek in Cape- 
May, was read the fecond Time. 
Ordered, 

That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill according 'to the Prayer of their 
Petition. 

Mr. Paxfon reported, that Mr. A. Smyth and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to Mr. Morris, the Speaker of the Council. 

The BilJ, entitled, A fupplementary Atl to the Atl, entitled, An Acl to enable the 
Freeholders, in Conjunction with three Juftices of the Peace, to chufe a Colleftor for 
each reipedtive County within this Province, was read the fecond Time ; and feveral 
Amendments being now made thereto ; on the Queftion, 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill with the Amendments be engroffed. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to indemnify William Thorn, &c. was read the fecond 
Time, and commi:ud to Mr. Fifher and Mr. Tard. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft for veiling the Right of Eletlion of Reprefentatives toferve 
in the General Aff unity of this Province, in the Comities of Cumberland and Morris, 
was read the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion ; 
Ordered, 

That the Bill be committed to Mr. Learning and Mr. A. Smyth. 

The Houfe adjourn 'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning, 

G Wednefday, 



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Wednefday, November ig, 1760, 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofied Bill, entitled, A ' fuppkmentary Aft to the Acl, entitled, An Acl to enable 
the Freeholders, in Conjunction with three juftices of the Peace, to chufe a Collector 
ior each refpeftive County within this Province, was read and compared ; and on 
die Queftion ; 

Refohed, 
That the lame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ladd and Mr. Clement do carry the fame to die Council for Concurrence. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to explain and fix in what Money the Taxes to the refpeSive 
Sinking Funds, Jhall be hereafter paid into the Treajury ; was read the fecond Time, and 
committed to Mr. Pax/en and Mr. A. Smyth. 

Mr. Fijher, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, An 
Aft to indemnify William Thorn, iic. reported the fame with feveral Amendment* 
thereto ; which were read in their. Places ; and on the Queftion ; the faid Bill with 
the Amendments, was agreed to, and ordered to be engrofied. 

Mr. A. Smyth, from the Committee to whom was commiged, the Bill, entitled, 
An Aft to explain and fix in what Money the Taxes to the refpetlive Sinking Funds, &c. 
reported the fame without any Amendment ; which was read ; and on the Queftion, 
agreed to, and ordered to be engrofled. 

Mr. Ladd reported, that Mr. Clement and hirafelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to Mr. Kemble, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

Mr. Spicer, on the Behalf of the Owners of the Marfhes overflown by Wills Creek, 
in Cape-May, by Leave, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and 
Pcffeffors of fome Meadows, Marfhes and Cripple Swamp, in the County of Cape May, to 
keep out the Tide from overflowing the fame -, which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 



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The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider of 
the Bill for Support of Government ; and after fome Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker 
renamed the Chair ; and Mr. Learning, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that 
the Committee had made fome further Progrefs in the Matter to them referred, and 
defired Leave to fit again. To which the Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from Peter Maclean, of Perth- Amboy, letting 
forth, that a Soldier was billeted on him during a long Time that he was fick ; praying. 
Allowance may be made him from the Colony for the fame ; which was read, and 
referred to the Committee on the Support-Bill. 

Mr. S. Smith laid before the Houfe, an Account from Thomas Scattergood, Efq- late 
Mayor of Burlington, for nurfing and maintaining a fick Indian at Burlington, in July, 
1757; which was read, and referred to the Committee on the Support-Bill. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, and read, from Chriftopher Baueyfen, letting 
forth, that he was born under the Dominion of a Foreign Power, but hath refided in 
this Province for upwards of eight Years paft ; praying an Aft for his Naturalization ; 
and a Certificate being produced from the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; of the laid 
Baueyfon's having taken theneceflary Qualifications, according to Law. 
Ordered, 
That his Name beinferted in the Bill for naturali zing Peter Penier, and others. 

The 



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The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft for Naturalizing Peter Penier, George And; 



e3s 



was read and compared ; and on 



^ Virfelius, Jacob Antoni and Chriflopher Baueyien 
the Queftion; ' 

Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Hogland and Mr. Middagh do carry the fame to the Council for Concurrence.- 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider 
or the Bill for Support of Government : And after fome Time fpent therein, Mr.Speaker 
relumed the Chair, and Mr. Learning, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the 
Committee had gone thro' the iaid Bill, and had come to feveral Refolutions ; which 
by Leave of the Houfe, he reported, and delivered in at the Table, where the faid 
Kefolutions were read, and are as follows, viz. 

i. Refolved, 
That in and by faid Bill, when pafTed into a Law, there be paid to his Excellency 
Thomas Boone, Efquire, at the Rate of One Thouftnd Pounds, per Annum, for two 
Years, to commence the 4 th of July laft. To which the Houfe agreed. 

2. To the Chief Juftice of this Colony for the Time being, the Sum of One Hundred 
Pounds per Annum. And on the Queftion, whether the Houfe agrees thereto, or not ? 
:i palled in the Affirmative, as foiiows : 



YEAS. 

Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. A. Smyth, 
Mr. R. Ogden, 
Mr. J. Ogden, 
Mr. Read, 



YEAS. 
Mr. S. Smith i 
Mi - . Paxfcn, 
Mr. LadJ, 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. Yard. 



NAYS. 

Mr. Wetherill, 
Mr. Holmes 
Mr. Tijher, 
Mr. Hogland. 



NAYS. 
Mr. Stokes, 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Spicer, 
Mr. MMdagh. 



3. To the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; Second Juftice of the Supreme Court of 
this Colony, Twenty-five Pmnds per Annum. To which the Houfe agreed. 

4. To the Honourable Richard Saltar, Efq; Third Juftice of the Supreme Court of 
this Colony, Twenty-five Pounds per Annum. To which the Houfe agreed. 

5. To Ccurtlar.d Skinner, Efq; Attorney-General of this Colony, Thirty Pounds per 
Annum. To which the Houfe agreed. 

6. To the Honourable Andrew Johnfion f and to Samuel Smith, Efqrs. Treafurers of 
this Colony, each Forty Pounds per Annum. To which the Houfe agreed. 

7. To Charles Read, Efq; Clerk of the Council, Thirty Pounds per Annum. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

8. To Jsfeph Sherwood, Efq; Agent of this Colony at the Court of Great Britain, 
or to the Agent for the Time being, appointed by the Houfe of Reprefentatives, Eighty 
Pounds per Annum. To which the Houfe agreed. 

9. To John Smyth, Efq; Clerk of the Circuits of this Colony, Twenty Pounds per 
Annum. To which the Houfe agreed. 

10. To the Door-keeper of the Council, Ten founds per Annum. To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

11. To his Excellency Thomas Boone, Efq; at the Rate of Sixty Pounds per Annum, 
for Houfe-Rent ; provided he makes Amboy or Burlington the Place of his Refidence. 
To which the Houle agreed. 

12. To his Excellency Thomas Boone, Efq; Governor of this Province, in Addition 
to his Salary for the firft Year, in Confideration of the extraordinary Expence attending 
the Tranfportation of himfelf and Family, in a Time oi War, the Sum of Five 
Hundred Pounds. And- on the Queftion, whether the Hou fe agrees thereto, or not ? 
it was carried as follows, viz. 



YEAS. 

Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. A. Smyth, 
Mr. R. Ogden. 
Mr. J. Ogden, 
Mr. Pijber, 



YEAS. 
Mr. Read, 
Mr. S. Smith, 
Mr. Ladd, 
Mr. Yard, 



NAYS. 
Mr. Wetherill, 
Mr. Holmes, 
Mr. Hogland, 
Mr. Pax/on, 
Mr. Stokes, 



NAYS. 
Mr. Clement, 
Mr. Learning, 
Mr. Spicer, 
Mr. Middagh. 



The Voices being equal, Mr. Speaker gave his calling Vote for the Affirmative. 

13. To 



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13. To any one of the Juftices of the Supreme Court of this Colony, for attending 
the Circuit Courts in Manner prefcribed by the faid Acl:, the Sum of Ten Pounds each 
lime. To which the Houfe agreed. 

14. To each of the Gentlemen of the Council, for the Time they refpedtively have 
attended, or fhall attend at this or any other Sitting of General Ahembly, within the 
Time aibrefaid. Six Shillings per Diem. To which the Houfe agreed. 

15. To Samuel Smith, Elq; one of the Clerks of the Houfe or Reprefentatives, or any 
other Clerk of this Houfe, fat his Attendance., the Sum of Eight Shillings per Diem; 
alfo Four pence per, Sheet, reckoning ninety Words to the Sheet, lor entering the Minutes 
fair in the Book, and copying the Laws and Minutes tor the Printer. Alfo to the faid 
Samuel Smith, Efq; Twenty Pounds, for Pen, Ink and Paper at this Sitting. To which 
the Houfe agreed. 

16. To Abraham Clark, jun. one of the Clerks of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, for 
Pen, Ink and Paper, at the late Seffion at Amboy, Five Pounds. To which the Houfe 
agreed. 

17. To the Secretary, for Charges attending ExprefTes to this Time, in full of his 
Account, the Sum of £. 45: 1 : 10. To which the Houfe agreed. 

18. To each of the Trealurers of this Colony, Six-pence per Pound, for exchanging 
the ragged and torn Bills of Credit. And to each of the faid Treafurers, Fifteen Pounds 
per Annum, for their extraordinary Services during the faid two Years. To which 
the Houie agreed. 

19. To the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; in Addition to his Salary, the Sum of 
Twenty-five Pounds per Annum, for each of the faid two Years. To which the Houfe 
agreed. 

20. To James Parker, or any other Printer hereafter appointed, for printing the 
Minutes cf the Houie, during the Continuance ot this Aft ; and to the King's Printer, 
for printing the Laws paffed at this or any other Sitting as aforefaid, fuch Sums as 
Charles Read, Hendrick Fijher, Andrew Smyth, Henry Paxfon and John Ladd, Elquires, 
or any two of them, Hull agree to be paid for the faid Service. To which the Houfe 
agreed. 

2 1 . To the Serjeant at Arms, for the Time being, who hath attended or fhall attend 
the Houfe of Reprefentatives during the faid Term, Three Shillings per Diem. To which 
the Houfe agreed. 

2i. To the Serjeant at Arms, for the Time being, who hath attended or fhall 
attend the Council in Manner aforefaid, Three Shillings per Dum. To which the Houfe 
agreed. 

23. To the Door-keeper of the Houie of Reprefentatives for the Time being, who 
hath attended or fhall attend in Manner aforefaid, the Sum of Three Shillings and 
Six-pence per Diem, To which the Houfe agrees. 

24. To the Executors of Richard Partrrdge, Efq; late Agent of this Colony, in full 
of his Accounts, the Sum of £. 152 : 9 : 2. To which the Houfe agreed. 

25. To Henry Paxfon, Efq; tc^pay John Shaw, the Sum of Thirty-five Shillings 
per iVeek, for the Ufe of a Room, Eirewood and Candles, for the Houie of General 
AfTembly. To which the Houfe agreed. 

26. To the Honourable Andrew Johnflon, Efq; the Sum of Twenty Shillings per 
Week, to pay for the Ufe of a Room, Firewood and Candles, for the Council, during 
any Sitting within the faid Time. To which the Houfe agreed. 

27. To Andrew Smyth, Efq; to pay for a Room, Firewood and Candles, for the 
Houfe of AfTembly at their Sitting in March laft, Thirty-five Shillings per Week. To 
which the Houfe agreed. 

28. To Samuel Smyth, Efq; to pay for fundry petty Expences for the Ufe of the 
Houfe of Aifembly, £.2:4:4. To which the Houfe agreed. 

29. To John Wetberill and Hen'di /her, Efqrs, fuch Sum as on Enquiry they find 
juft, to allow the Honourable James Rude, Elq; for the Ufe made of his Store by his 
Majcfty's Regular Troops : And alio to John Wetherill and Andrew Smyth, Efquires, 
fuch Sums as they find juft to allow Peter Maclean, for nurfing a Regular Soldier at 
Perth- Amboy, there being no Hofpital then provided. To which the Houfe agreed. 

30. To 



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30. To the Magiftrates of the City of Burlington, or either of them, the Sum of 
£. 13 : 9 :5, to reimburfe the faid City, for the Charge of a Mohawk Indian who had 
the Small-Pox among them. To which the Houfe agreed. 

31. To the Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; the Sum of One Hundred and Sixty-eight 
Pounds, in full of the firft Subfcription to the fecond Book of Laws going forward by Ord'. r 
of the Hpufe of General AfTembly : Alfo, the Remainder of the Sum that may be dur, 
for printing and binding the faid Books, fo foon as the faid Samuel Nevill, Efq; fhall 
produce a Certificate from the Perfons receiving the fame, of their being delivered 
according to the Order of the General Afiembly. To which the Houfe agreed. 

32. To the Speaker, and each of the Members of the Houfe of Representatives, for 
their Attendance, at this or any other Sitting, during the faid Term, Six Shillings per 
Diem. To which the Houfe agreed. 

23. To his Excellency Francis Bernard, Efqj late r Governor of this Province, for 
Arrears of his Salary to the Time of the prefent Governor's Arrival, and Houfe-Rent 
while he lived at Perth- Amboy, the Sum of £. 1161 12 : 11. To which the Houfe 
agreed. 

And on the Queftion, Whether the faid Bill be engrofTed, or not ? it pafied in the 
Affirmative. 

Ordered, 

That the faid Bill be engrofied. 

Ordered, 
That Candles be brought in. And they were brought in accordingly. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer and Mr. Yard be a Committee to adjv.ft the late Agent's Accounts 
to the Time of his Death, in order that the fame may be inieried in the Support-Bill. 

Refolved, 
That Jofeph Sherwood, Efq* Attorney at Law, of Aujlin Fryars, London, be appointed 
Agent to this Colony at the Court of Great Britain ; and that the Committee of Corre- 
fpondence, as fuch, do correfpond with him. 

Mr. Hogland reported, that Mr. Middagh and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to Mr. Woodruff, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

The Houfe adjourned till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Thurfday, November 20, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofTed Bill, entitled, An Act to indemnify William Thorn for a Sum of Money 
in Bills of Credit of this Colony loft by Accident, was read and compared ; and on the 
Queftion, 

Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetherill and Mr. A.Smyth do carry the fame to the Council, for Concurrence. 

^ The Petition of Robert Smith, and the Remonftrance and Petition of feveral of his 
Creditors againft him, were read the fecond Time ; and, 
Ordered, 
That the faid Robert Smith, and the Parties againft him, be heard before this Houfe 
by their Council, on Saturday next, at Ten o' Clock in the Forenoon, to make out their 
feveral Allegations and Defence : And that the Serjeant at Arms do forthwith ferve 
them with a Copy of this Order. 

Mr. Wetherill reported, that Mr. A. Smyth and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

H Mr. 



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Mr. Spicer, according to Leave, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable Jofeph 
Corfon, Ifaac Beaner, John Mackey, James Willets, and their Affociates, to build by 
Subfcription, a 'TollBridge and Caufway in the County of Cape-May ; which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The feveral Petitions, praying for an Infolvent Adl, were read the fecond Time. 
And Mr. Fijher and Mr. Yard, by Leave of this Houfe, brought in a Bill for that 
Purpofe ; which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourned till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Ac! to explain and fix in what Money the Taxes to the 
refpeclive Sinking Pounds, Jhall be hereafter paid into the Treajury -, was read and compared ; 
and on the Queftion ; 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Holmes and Mr. Hogland do carry the fame to the Council for Concurrence. 

Mr. A. Smyth, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An AGt for vefiing the Right of Election of Reprefentatives to ferve in the General Affembly 
of this Prevince, in the Counties of Cumberland and Morris ; reported the fame with 
feveral Amendments thereto ; which were read in their Places ; and on the Queftion, 
Whether the Bill with the Amendments be engroffed, or not? it paffed in the Negative. 



YEAS. 


YEAS. 


NAYS. 


NAYS. 


Mr. A. Smyth, 


Mr. Yard, 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. S. Smitfr t 


Mr. Wetherill, 


Mr. Middagb. 


Mr. R. Ogden. 


Mr. Paxfon, 


Mr. Holmes, 




Mr. J. Ogden, 


Mr. Stokes, 


Mi". Ladd, 




Mr. Fijher, 


Mr. Clement, 


Mr. Learning, 




Mr. Hogland, 
Mr. Read, 


Mr. Spicer, 


Ordered, 








it the faid Bill do lie on the Table. 







Mr. Holmes reported, that Mr. Hogland and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
ontrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Smith, acquainting the Houfe, that the Council 
return the Bill, entitled, An Act for running and marking the Lines between the feveral 
Counties and Townfhips of this Colony, with feveral Amendments thereto •, to which 
they defire the Concurrence of this Houfe : Which were read in their Places ; and on 
the Queftion, agreed to by the Houfe. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended, be re-engroffed. 

Mr. Read, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Draught 
of an Addrefs to his Excellency ; which was read ; and on the Queftion, agreed to by 
the Houfe j and ordered to be engroffed. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens do wait upon his Excellency, and know of his 
Excellency, when he will pleafe to receive the Addrefi of this Houfe. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 
Friday t November 21, 1760. 

The Houfe met. N 

The engroffed Addrefs to his Excellency, was read and compared : 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Speaker do fign the fame. Mr. 



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Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Stevens and himfelf had waited upon his Excellency, 
to know when he would pleafe to receive the Addrefs of this Houfe j who was plealed 
to fay, He would come into the Council Chamber, and inform the Houfe thereof foon. 

A Menage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary, acquainting the Houfe, that his 
Excellency was in the Council Chamber, ready to reeeive the Addrefs of the Houfe. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait upon 
his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and reported, 
That the Houfe htd prefented their Addrefs to his Excellency, in the Words 
following. 

To His Excellency THOMAS BOONE, Efquire, Captain General, Governor 
and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of Nova-Caefarea, or New- 
Jerfey, and Territories thereon depending, in America, Chancellor, and Vice- 
Admiral in the fame, &c. 

The Humble Address of the Reprefentatives of the faid Province, in 
General Affembly convened. 

May it pleafe Your Excellency, 

IT? 'E, His Majejlys dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Reprefentatives of New- 
*" Jerfey, in General Affembly convened, fenfible of the many Blefjings we 
derive under the jmfent Adminijlration, and "warmed by the glorious Profpecl of 
having the antient Enemy to the Quiet of North- America, difabled from intei - 
rupting her future Progrefs, are defirous to demonflrate the grateful Sentiments we 
entertain of the Importance of fuch Benefits ; and therefore think it a Duty 
indifpenfible, to return our Acknowledgments, firjl to the King of Kings, and 
then to the King our Sovereign, for thefe, with the many other Infances of 
Parental Regard, which hath long diflinguifhed his illufrious Reign ; and for 
Years pafl brightened up with a Lufire unknown to former Generations. Late, 
very late, may that Period arrive, which is to finijh a Life fo valuable ! And 
may the Monuments of National Exertion, particularly the Monument of Canada, 
remain, to blefs Britain and her Colonies, whiljl Britain and her Colonies foall 
remain fenfible of the Importance and Value of fuch a Blejfng ! And that we trull 
will be till Time Jha 11 be no more. 

As to the late Methods of iffuing Publick Money, we believe they arc capable of 
a better ConflruSlion, thanfeems atfirf to have occurred to your Excellency ; it 
being no other than what has been ufual with your Excellency s PredeceJJors, during 
all the laft and prefent War ; who doubt lefs thought the Methods warrantable ; 
and no Inconvenience that we know of, has ever attended it ; but on the contrary, 
a confiderable Promotion of his Majejlys Service. 

Your Excellency s preferring our Convenience to your own Inclination, in delaying 
the Time of our Meeting, is not the only Prefage of future Kindnefs, that, the 
little Time you have been among us, has given Reajon to expe£l. Happy in the 
ProfpeEl, that your Adminiflration will be beneficial to the Publick, and eafy to 
yourfelf, permit us to embrace this firjl Opportunity of congratidating your 
Acceffion to this Government, and Arrival in it, at a Period when the fignal 
Succefs of his Majejlys Arms feems to prcmife happier Times than have lately been 
known ; and when, in all Probability, your Excellency will have an ample Field 
for exerting thofe Talents, at promoting publick and private Happinefs, which, we 
have Reafon to conclude, you are both by Inclination and Abilities qualified for. 

And 



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And as Harmony in all publick Bufnefs, upon a proper Foundation, is a mojl 
dejirable Attainment, we can affureyou, Nothing on our Part Jhall interrupt it. 

We have agreed to Support his Majefys Government, in as ample a Manner as 
ufual, and hope it may prove to your Satisfaction. 

We heartily ivijb Tour Excellency may long live among us, to enjoy the 
Satisfaction of having rendered a whole People happy: The publick Confideration 
■it gives, is an inter e fling Motive; the confcious internal Superiority which i?iva- 
riably attends it, is a Kecompence that Diadems camiot give, nor the Accidents of 
Time impair : Tour Excellency well knows its Advantages ; nor have we the leaf 
Reafon to doubt, but that the happy Experience will be yours. 

Signed by Order of the Houfe, 

Eurlington, Nov. zi, 1760. 

SAMUEL NEVILL, Speaker, 
To which his Excellency was pleafed to return the following Anfwer. 

" Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, 

" T AM happy to receive your cordial Acknowledgements of the Advantages derived 
« ■*■ to you, by his Majeity's Concern and Tendernefs for North- America : Your 



" Conduct will, I dare flatter myfelf, correipond with theie Deceptions ot Gratitude j 
" but it was fcarce neceflary, Gentlemen, to point out any Tning that regards your 
" future Security, to thofe to whom you owe your Prefervation. 

" I am extremely obliged to you, Gentlemen, for giving me a Gleam of Hope, 
" that the Inconfiftency which I reprefented touching the publick Money, may have 
" its Period with the War, during which it has continued. 

" Every Mark of Confidence, I Ihall fet the utmoft: Value upon ; and every Inftance 
" of your Bounty, ihall be employed in maintaining the Rank of your Governor: In 
" both thefe Lights, I return you, Gendemen, my hearty Thanks, for the Manner in 
" which you have provided for the Support of Government. 

" I hope, by an invariable Purfuit of the true Interefts of this Province, to improve 
" in your Efteem ; and to be thought not unworthy hereafter of your entire 
« Confidence. 

THO. BOONE. 

Burlington, Now. 21, 1760. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill re-engrofied, with the Council's Amendments, entitled, An ASifcr running 
and marking the Lines between the feveral Counties and Townfhips of this Colony, was 
read and compared •, 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Ladd and Mr. R. Ogden do carry the faid Bill to the Council. 

A Mefiagc from the Council by Mr. Kemblt, defiring the Houfe to fend to the 
Couari", the Petitions upon which the Bill, entided, An Act for building a Court-houfe 
and Goal i;i the County of SuiTex, was founded. 
Crdc^ed, 
That Mr. J. Ogden and Mr. A. Smyth do carry the laid Petitions to the Council. 

A 






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A Mefiage from the Council by Mr. Woodruff, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have paffed the Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and Pojfejfors of feme 
Meadows or Marjhes in Fairfield, in the County of Cumberland, to keep the Tide from 
overflowing the fame : And alfo, the Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and 
Pojfejfors of fome Meadows lying on Litde Timber Creek, in the County of Gloucefter, to 
fupport and maintain a certain Bank, Dam., and other Water-works, lately trebled acrofs 
the faid Creek, in order to prevent the Tide from overflowing the fame ; and to keep 
the Water Gourfe of faid Creek clear ; without any Amendment. 

Mr. A. Smyth reported, that Mr. J. Ogden and Iiimfelf delivered the Petitions with 
them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. Learning, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An An to ereel and ejtablijh Courls for the Trial oj fmall Caufes ; which was 
read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. R. Ogden reported, that Mr. Ladd and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
enfrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Act, entitled, An Aft to revive fuch Parts of an Aft, entitled, An Ail to im- 
power certain Perfons to purchafe the Claims of the Indians to Lands in this Colony, 
as relates to Lotteries ; and alfo to fupply the Defeils, dec. was read the fecond 
Time, and committed to Mr. Read and Mr. A. Smyth. 

Mr. R. Ogden, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill 
for the Continuance of the Attachment Atl ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 
Saturday, November 22, i7"6o. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Learning, from the Committee appointed to fettle the Treafurer's Accounts,' 
made the following Report in Writing. To which the Houfe agreed, viz. 

" The Committees appointed to fettle the Weftern Treafurer's Accounts 
" agree, that Aaron Leaming, do make the following Report to the Houfe 
" of AiTembly, " " 



Dr'. 



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Dr. Samuel Smith, Efquire, Treafurer of the Weftern Divifion 

Loan-Office Principal Money. 

1760. To a Deficiency in the Principal, outftanding in Burlington County, as per Report in 1758, £. 1035-00-0 
To a Deficiency in the Principal, outftanding in Salem County, as per the fime Report, 743-18-6 

£. 177S-18-6 



Kini.T ■n.rtf.'A' 



Old Arrears, and Loan-Office Inter eft. 

1760. To the old Arrear ftill outftanding in Burlington, in the Intereft, as per 

Report 1111755, ....--- I. ig. 08-11 

To Ditto in Burlington, as per Ditto, - - - 13-07-024. 

To Ditto in the Intereft in Cape-May, as /«• Report in 1738, - - 0-04-07,* 



To Cafh paid by John Allen, Efq; being the Ballance due from his Father, as 

per Report in 1758, - - - - - /• 10-18-0 

To D" of D°, being anArrear in the Interest in Hynterdon,3i$per Report in 1758, 0-05 6 

To an Arrear in Burlington, as per Report in 1758. 
To Ditto in Salem, in The * as per Ditto. - 



£■ 32-00-5 

11-03-6 

4-14-2 
£■ 47-18.5 



Dr. • SaMuel Smith, Efq; Treafurer, to the Colony 

Suppcrt of 

To a Deficiency in Hunterdon, in the £. <ooo, Tax, in June 1752, at per Report in 1758, £. 6-00-0 
To a Deficiency in Glouceficr, as per Ditto, fince paid by David Cosper. - - - 54-19-4 

To the two Deficiencies \n Hunterdon, faid to be due from GarritJ'ou and Wycojf, as 

Ditto Report ;' the /. 2-5-^', being paid by Wycoff, - 3-17- 

Tc-Ballance, as p,cr Report nv 1758, - - t - - <- - » 901-08 6g 

To Ballance brought from il-.e Account of Deficiencies. - - - 11 03-6 

To Cafh of jyir.fgrd returned, - - . - - •■17-6 

1758, • To Taxes payable From t! e Weftern Counties, on the Support-AcT, ' 
Jugv/lio. the nit of Ncvcmrcr. 1758, viz. 

Bui imgton, 
Glou efter, 
Salem. 
Cape May, 
H.mtfrdon, 
Morris 
Cumberland, 
Suffex, 

1567-11-3 

s7flfc.-Mw.a1. To the like Sums payable from the faid Counties, on the Support-Aft, , - 1567-11-3 

£. 4113-08-4I 



£■ 375- 


01- 


'J 


234- 


■10 


"9 


209- 


11 


3 


50- 


02- 


6 


425 


06-6 


in 


-02 


-6 


106- 


Ov 


si 


55- 


■11 


6 



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of New-Jerfey. 



Per Cant,\;, 



Or. 



1760. By Cam of Daniel Smith, Efq; in Part of Eurlington Deficiency, as per Dr. Side, 
June 14. remaining in Mr. Smith's Hands, to be cancelled, ... /. 351-16-6 

B> Principal Money ftill outftanding in Burlington, Part of the /. 1035-00-0, 6S3-03-6 



By one Bundle of Bills cancelled by the Juftices and Freeholders of Salem, and 

burned by thefe Committees, being Part of the /. 743-18-6, as per Dr.Side, 280.j4.-0 
By Arrearitill outftanding in Salem, Part of the faid 743-18-6, - - 463-04-6 



■" £■ 1035-00-0 



743-1S-6 

'. --S-18 6 



By the two Arrears in Burlington and Cape-May, as per the Debtor Side, 
By the two Arrears in Burlington and Salem, as per the Debtor-Side, 

Ballance carried to Support of Government. 



^c- 


32-00 9 




4-14-* 




11 03-6 




/ 


£■ 


4--1S.5 



Errors excepted, Nov. 21, 1760. 



PETER KEMELE. 
AARON LEAMING. 



cf New-Jerfey 



Per Contra, 



Government. 

By a Deficiency in Huvterdon, as per the Debtor-Side, 

By one Ditto in Kur.Urion, due from John Carritfon, as per Ditto. 

:76a, Kirv.ii. By fundry Vouchers allowed and endorfed by the Committees, 

Ballance, ....... 



Cr. 

£. 6-00-00 
i-n- 9 i 

J 975-04-o8 
*i3o-ii-i | 



£. 4113-08-043 



Errors excepted, Nov. 21. 1760. 

PETER KEMBLE. 
AARON LEAMING. 



Dr. 



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jy r Samuel Smith, Efq; Treafurer, to the Colony 

i 
Frontier- 

1758, Dec. 7, To Cafh ofjofepb Yard, Efq; one of the Signers of the laft £ io.ooo, /. 2150-0-0 
i-<;«. Jan. 29.T0D ofD", being the Remainder of one Moiety of the faid £.10,000, 1750-0-0 
ln - £.5000-00-0 

£. 5000-00-0 



X) r . Samuel SmM-h, Efq; To the Colony of New-Jerfey. 

On the War- 

To Ballance, an ^-Report in 175*, -' _ . - - - £■ 4769-12-04!. 

To Ballance brought from the Account of the Frontier-Guard, - - 1887-10-00 

I7C8, Aug. 10. To C*<li of Minne Fijber, (by his Father) faid to be the Ballance of his Account, 8-ii-o Sr 

10 To Ditto of Jthn Stevens, Efq; faid to be the Ballance of his Accounts, - - 9-08-11 

12 To Ditto of High Hart/Borne, Efq; that he received to pay for quartering Soldiers, 23-14-00 

15. To Ditto of Mr. Daniel Ellis, being Money returned on Behalf of Col. Shaw, - 56-05-0* 
Sept. 2. To Ditto of Hut>h Hdrtjhorne, Efq; Signer of the £. 50,000, - /. 334.5-09-0 
To Ditto of Ditto, Remainder of one Moiety of the faid £. 50,000, 7227-12-0 

. 10,573-01-ce 

,759, jf*rj7i 7 . ToJ)itto in Part of the laft £. 5 o,oo«,- - - /. 5502-00-0 

May 15. To Ditto of Ditto, in Part of Ditto, 6825-00-0 

June 12. To Ditto of Ditto, in Part of Ditto, - - - - 75"-J°-° 

June 12. To Ditto of Ditto, being the Refidue thereof, and 7 s. more, 5150-17-0 

Aug. 25. ToDitto of William Mtrris, Efq; being the Bounty of William Robbins and 

Gilbert Rogers, two Deferters, - - - .- 2 4 -«o-oo 

i 7 6». "July 4. ToDitto of Abraham Healings and Jtfeph HoUinJbead, Efqrs, faid to be their 

Ballance as Commimoners in 1755. - - - - 31-12-08 

due. 11. To Ditto of Hugh Hart/borne, and Daniel Smith, jun. Efqrs, at feveral 

Times, being one Half of the £. 45>ooo, - - - 22,500-00-00 

£■ 64,924-02-08^ 



25,000-07-00 



£ r . Samuel Smith, Efq-, Treafurer, to the Colony 

Sinking- 

ToBaHance as >«■ Report 'in 175?, ... - £. S , 3-*S-4j 

To Cam of William Coot and Daniel Smith, Efqrs. - 1005-00-* 
To Ditto payable en the Firft Sinking-Fund, 

1758, and 1750, From Cape-May, - - £• 51-02-114. 

Nov. *i. Cumberland, - - - 108-07-09 

Salem, - 213-13-11 

Cloucefler, - ' - - 239-03-05 

Burlington, - 3*3- ,0 -°3 

Morru and Sujex, - 170-00-07 

Hunterdon, - 433-°3-J x 



On the £. 15,000, Law, paffed in April, 1755, 

From Cape-May, in the Years 1758, and 1759, £■ 167-01-09 

Cumberland, in Ditto. - - - 354-°3-°8 

Salem, in Ditto, 698-10-11 

Gloucefier, in Ditto, - - - 781-16-ei 

Burlington, i2 5 o-«3-o 9 

Hunterdon, in Ditto, - - - 1417-15-02^ 

Suffex and Morris. .... 555-»*-°8i 



1599-02-0* 



5125-04-0* 



On the £. 15,000, Law, paffed InAuguft, 175s. 

From the faid Counties in 1758, and 17S9. .... s«5-°4°4- 



£. 13,368-06-2! 



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of New-Jerfey, Per Contra, Cr. 

Guard. 

175S, and 1759. By fundry Receipts, Vouchers, and Accounts, allowed and endorfed, by 

the Committees, the nth of November, 1760, .... £. 3112-10-0 

Ballance carried to the War-Fund, ... _ . 1887-10-0 

£. joco-00-0 



Per Contra, 



Cr. 



Funds. 

1760, Nov. 11. By fundry Receipts and Vouchers, allowed and endorfed this Dsy, by the 

Committees, amounting to, £, 55,588-05 -3 % 



Ballance due to the Colony, 



9.33S-17-.; 



£■ 64,914-01-084 



Errors excepted, Nov. 21. 1760. 



By PETER KEMBLE. 
AARON LE AMINO. 



«f New-Jerfey : Per Contra, Crl 

Funds. 

1760, Nov. 11. By a Bag of Bills cancelled by the Juftices and Freeholders of Burlington, 

thegthDay of A%,i759, which was burned by thefe Committees, containing, £. 4742-13-4 

By Ditto cancelled by Ditto, the 14th of May. 1760, which was burned by 
the Committees, containing, - - - .-... 6600-05-9 

Ballance remaining uncancelled, - ' - ----- 2025-07-if 

Of which the Sum of £. 24-13-7.J, is yet outftanding in the 
.County of GlmueJIer, 



£. 13,368-06-2! 



Errors excepted, Nov. 21, 1760. 



By PETER KEMBLE. 
AARON LEAMING. 



K 



Mr. 



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V 

Mr. A. Smyth, from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, An 
Act to rcqive fucb parts of an A J, entitled, An A SI to impower certain Peribns to 
purchafe the Claims of the Indians to Land in this Colony, as relates to Lotteries ; and 
(uppity the Defect- of another All, for fuppreff^ig Lotteries and ether Gaming within 
this Colony ; reported the lame with feveral Amendments thereto ; which were read in 
their Places : And feveral additional Amendments being now made; on the Queftion, 
Whether the laid Bill with the Amendments be engroiled, or not ? it was carried in 
the Affirmative, as fellows : 

YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Read, Mr. Ji'etkeriU, 

Mr. A. Siryth, ' Mr. faxfin, Mr. Holmes, 

Mr. R. 0{den. Mr. lu.ti, Mr. Slakes, 

Mr. J. Or Jut, Mi . SpicirX Mr. Chmer.t, 

Mr. Hogland, Mr. M:ddegb. Mr. Learning, 

Ore: 
That the faidBBl as amended be cr.groned. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to continue and amend the Attachment Alt, was read the 
:, and committed to Mr. Read and Mr. Stevens. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to continue 'and amend the ASi, entitled, An Aft for the 
Relief of poor d 'rifoners for Debt, was read the fecond Time, and committed 

to Mr. R. Ogden and Mr. liogland^ 

The Bill, entitled, An An to ereB and ejlablifh Courts in the feveral Counties of this 
Colony, for the Trial of fmall Caufes ; was read* the fecond Time; and feveral Amend- 
ment's beino- made thereto in the Houfe, on the Queition, the fame as amended, was 
agreed to, and Ordered, to be engroffed. 

According to the Order of the Day, the Council, and ibme of the Parties, for and 
againft the Petition of Robert Smith, attending, were called in, and on both Sides fully 
heard, and the Confideration of that Affair is referred till Monday next. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Kemble, acquainting the Houfe, that the. 
Council have paffed the Bill, entitled, An Aft for naturalizing Peter Penier, George 
Andreas Virfelius, Jacob Antoni, and Chriftopher Bauyefen : And alio the Bill, entitled, 
An Aft to indemnify William Thorn for a Sum of Money in Bills of Credit of tins Colony 
]l,l by Accident ; without any Amendment : And that the Council return the Biif, 
entitled, A Supplementary Atl to the Act, entitled, A.n Aft to enable the Freeholders in 
Conjunction with three Jufticcs of the Peace, to chufe a Collector for each refpeftive 
County within this Province ; with feveral Amendments thereto ; to which they defire 
She Concurrence of this Hcufe. 

The Houfe adjourned till Nine o'Clock, on Monday Morning. 

Monday, November 24, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from his Excellency by Mr. Secretary. 

" Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the Houfe of Reprefentativc , 
<(T SEND you a Letter from Governor Pownall, to Governor Bernard, relating t& 
" 1 " the Fire at B'jfion \ which I promifed the latter to lay beidre you : A Calami y 
" fo dreadful, and fo little to be guarded againft, requires no Exaggeration* to raifc 
" Compaflio* : Thofe that are generous enough to feel for others ; thofe that have 
" C don enough, to think of what may happen to themfelves, have a melan- 

« t .. Ljt noble 'Cccafion before them, for the Exertion of their Beneficence. 

'. nd as the Lofs fuftained has been prodigious, fo can n» Donation, however ample, 
•* be deemed profufc by your Conftituents, when not only the Spirit and Generofity of 
" a Province, but Humar.iry and Love for your Fellow Subjefts, in the moft diftrefsful 
<•<■ (fircumftanocs, is pubiickly to be demonilraied. 

7 HO. BOONE. 

turtington, Ni-j. 14., 3760. 

And 



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And the faid Meffage and Letter therein referred to were read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Mr. Fijher from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, entitled^ 
An Act to continue upon an equitable Footing, tbt Dam acrofs Woodbury-Creek, in the 
County of Gloucefter ; which was read, and ordered a iecond Reading. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe from William Fefler, E% and divers other 
Inhabitants of the County of Burlington, complaining of the pernicious Confequences of 
Fans in this Province ; and aiib of the bad and dangerous Practice of letting Traps 
for Deer ; which was read, and ordered a Iecond Reading. 

The Houfe, according to Order, refumed the Confederation of the Cafe of Robert Smith. 
Ordered, 
That a Claufe be inferted in the Infolvcnt Act for his Relief. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Tuefday, November 25, 1760. 

The Houle met. 

The BUI, entitled, A fupplementary Acl to the Acl, entitled, An Acl to enable the 
holders, in Conjunction with three Juflices of the Peace, to chufe a Collector rbr 
each reipective County within this Province ; with the Council's Amendments thereto, 
was read ; and on the Queltion, Whether the faid Amendments be agreed to, or not ? 
it was carried in the Negative. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. A. Smyth and Mr. Pay.fcn do carry the faid Bill and Amendments, to the 
Council, and acquaint them, that this Houfe difagrees to the faid Amendments, and 
adheres to the Bill. 

Air. R.Ogden from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, Au 
Act for the Relief of poor difireffed Prifoners for Debt, reported the fame, with feveral 
Amendments thereto ; which were read in their Places ; and on the Queftion, the faid 
Bill with the Amendments, was agreed to, and Ordered to be engrofled. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Act to revive fuch Parts of an Act, entitled, An Acl 
to impower certain Perfons to purchafe the Claims of the Indians to Land in this Colony, 
as relates to Lotteries ; and alfo to fupply the DefeEls of another Act for fuppr effing Lotteries 
and other Gaming within this Colony, was read and compared ; and on the QQeftion, 
whether the faid Bill do pals, or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 

YEAS. YEAS. . NAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Read, Mr. Wetherill, 

Mr. A. Smyth, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. Laiurenu, 

Mr. R.Ogden, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Holmes 

Mr. J. Og.ien, Mr. Spicir, Mr. Stokes, 

Mr. Fi/ber, tAx.Yard. Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Higland. Mr. Learning. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Ladd do carry the faid Bill to the Council for Concurrence. 

Mr. A. Smyth reported, that Mr. Paxfon and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
iotruited, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Committee appointed to adjuft the late Agent's Accounts to the Time of his 
Death, made the following Report in Writing : 

* Mr. Speaker, 

1 Mr. Yard and myfelf, on infpecting the Accounts of Mr. Partridge? the late Agent, 

8 and his Executors, and the Laws relative thereto, do find, by Account as ftated by the 

e faid Agent, January 31ft, 1759, Ballance in his Favour £. 138-12-6, Sterling Money, 

* as fuppofed : That by a Law for Support of Government, pafs'd in 1758, his petty 

4 Expencei 



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' llxpences to the 13d of March, in the fame Year, was provided for, and fixed at 
* /. 72: And by another Law for the fame Purpofe, pafs'd in 1759, his Salary was 
' fully provided for to the Time of his Death ; which happening on the 6th of March, 
<■ 1759, nine Months and thirteen Days Salary only became due by Virtue of that 
' Proviiion, amounting (Errors excepted) to the Sum of £. 62-17-8^, making with the 
'/. 72, aforefaid, the Sum of £. 134-17-84, Proclamation Money, for which Provifion 
' iB already made by Law, tho' the Money not actually remitted ■, the Refidue of the 
'laid /. 138-12-6, Sterling, remains to be provided for; as alio £. 30-8, more, 
' Charge of an Inftruftion tor iftuing Paper-Money, adviied to have been obtained, by 
' his Letter of Feb. 19, 1759 •, and likewjfe charged in his Executors Accounts, with 
« the L- 50, more for extraordinary Trouble relative to that Affair ■, which is humbly 
« fubmitted to the Houfe, by Joseph Yard, 

Jacob Spicer. 

Ordered, 

That the Sum of £. 152-9-2, Proclamation Money, be inferted in the Support-Bill, 
in full of the late Agent's Accounts. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Smith, in thefe Words. 

" Ordered, 
" That Mr. Smith d acquaint the Houfe of AfTembly, that the Bill, entitled, An 
" Aft to explain and j in whai Money the Taxes to the refpeclive Sinking Funds, fhall bt 
" hereafter paid into the Trcajury ; is paffed this Ploufe without any Amendment : And 
" alio, to carry to the Houfe of Aflembly, the Bill, entitled, An Aft for the Continuing 
" the Atl of the General Affembly of this Colony, entitled, An Acl to prevent Aftions of 
" Fifteen Pounds and unuer, being brought into the Supreme Court of this Province, 
" with the Amendments thereto annexed, is paffed this Houfe, with one Amendment 
<s to the Title, and feveral to the Body of the faid Bill j and to defire the Concurrence 
u of that Houfe to the faid Amendments. 

" By Order of the Houfe, 

" S. Blackwood, per Ckrk." 

And on the Quefrion, whether the Houfe agrees to faid Amendments, or not ? it was 
carried in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Bill as amended by the Council, be re-engroffed. 

The eno-roffed Bill, entitled, An Ada for the Support of Government of his Majeftfs Colony 
of New-jerfey, to commence the Tiventy-firft Day of May, One Thoufand Seven Hundred 
end Sixty, and to End the Twenty -firft Day o/May, One Thoufand Seven Hundred ond Sixty 
fftvo, and to dif charge the publick Debts and contingent Charges thereof; was read and 
cempared : and on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill do pals, or not ? it was carried 

in die Affirmative. 

YEAS., YEAS, TEAS, NAYS. 

Mr. Strains, Mr. Eoglnnd, Mr. CUkimI, Mr. Unvrtnct, 

Mr.A.Smpb, Mx.Resd, Mr. Learning, Mr. Holme;, 

Mr. Wetberill, Mr. 5. Smith. Mr. spicir, 

Mr. R- Ogdin, Mr. Paxfou, Mr. Yard. 

Mr. J. Ogden. Mr. Suhi, 

Mr. Fijher, Mr. Ladd, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. J. Ogden do carry the faid Bill to the Council for Concurrence. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, from the County of Somerfet, figned by 1 1 1 
Hands, fetting forth, That the prefent Situation of the Court-Houfe and Goal in laid 
County, has by long Experience been found very difcommodious, not only by Reafon 
of the great Diftance fome have to go, but efpecially on Account of Entertainment, 
4tere being no Town, nor any Profpeft of one being erefted, as was at firft expected ; 
and praying an Aft of Affsmbly to enable the Petitioners to remove the faid Court- Houf; 

and 



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YEAS. 


YEAS. 


Mr. Stevens, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. A Smyth, 


Mr. ^ Smith, 


Mr. R.Ogdem, 


Mr. Ladd, 


Mr. J. Ogden, 


Mr. rartf. 



and Go-> by Subfcription to the Town of Bridgezvater, in the faid County, on fomc 
anient Spot between Bound and Middle Brook, as being the moft central Part and 
Metropoly ox' the aforelaid County ; which Petition v/as read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. , 

The Meflage from his Excellency, and Letter therein referred to, relating to the 
Fire at Bojlon, v-ere read the fecond Time; and on the Queftion, whether the Houfe 
will reiir the Sufferers by Legiflative Act, or not ? it was carried in the Negative. 

NAYS. NAYS. 

Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Paxfon^ 

Mr. La-wrence, Mr. Stokes, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Clement, j 

Mr. Fijhtr, Mr. Learning. 

Mr. Hogland. Mr. Spicer. 

A Letter from Jofeph Borden, jun. Efq; to the Speaker, was laid before the Houfe, 
complaining of the pernicious Practice of branding^ their r/ork Barrels with the Word 
" Burlington." by Peribns who do not refide in theVounty of Burlington; and defiring 
an Att may pafs to oblige the Inhabitants of this Province, to brand their Pork with 
their proper Names, and the Name of the County they dwell in •, by which every Man 
and County will have the Merit they are juftiy intituled to ; which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourned till Two o' Clock, p. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Ladd ana himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entruiled, to Mr. Smith, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

The Bill, re-engroffed, with the Council's Amendments, entitled, An Act for 
continuing an Aft pajfed in the Twenty-firjl Tear of bis prefent Majefly's Reign, entitled, 
An Aft to prevent Actions of Fifteen Pounds and under, being brought into the 
Supreme Court of this Colony ; was read and compared. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. A. Smyth and Mr. Hogland do carry the faid Bill to the Council. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. J. Ogden and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Act to amend and revive an Aft, entitled, An Act 
for the Relief of poor difireffed Frifoners for Debt, wa* read and compared 5 and on 
the Queftion ; 

Refolved, 
That the fame do pals. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Paxfon do carry the fame to the Council for Concurrence. 

Mr. A. Smyth reported, that Mr. Hogland and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. * 

Mr. Read from the Committee to whom was committed the Bill, entitled, 
An Adl to revive an Aft, entitled, An Aft for the better enabling Creditors to recover 
their juft Debts, from Perfons who abfeond themlelves ; reported the fame with feveral 
Amendments thereto ; and feveral additional Amendments being now made to the fame ; 
on the Queftion, 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill as amended be engroffed. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Paxfon and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
•ntrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

L The 



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The Aft, entitled, An Aft to continue upon an equitable Footing, the Dtirn acroft 
Woodbury-Creek, in the County of Glouccftcr ; was read the fecond Time, ^nd com- 
mitted to Mr. Stevens and Mr. Fifaer. 

The Houfe adjourned till Nine o'Clock, To-morrow Morning. 

Wednesday, November 26, 1760, 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Lawrence, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, 
entitled, An Act for the Amendment of the Laws relating to Highways and Bridges within 
this Province ; i»hich was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

Mr. A. Smith, by Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Act to -provide 
for fuch of his Majeftfs Regular TroogS as could not be accommodated in the Barracks lafi 
Winter, and ciiftr incidental Charges ■, which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Aft to revive an Ail, entitled, An Alt for the better 
enabling Creditors to recover their }uft Debts from Perfons who ablcond themselves, was 
read iiiid compared ; and on the Qiicftion -, 
Rrfcived, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Hogland do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 

Concurrence. 

Mr. Wcthrtil, by Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Aft to remedy 
the me zlelt of cbujtng County Ccllelfcrs within this Province ; which was read, and ordered 
a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Stevens, from the Committee to whom was committed, the Bill, entitled, An 

Aft to continue upon an equitable Footing the Dam acrofs Woodbury-Creek, in the County 

of Gloucefter ; reported the' fame with feveral Amendments thereto ; which were read 

in their Places •, and feveral addiiional Amendments being now made thereto ; on the 

Queftion, whether the faid Bill as amended be engroffed or not ? it palfed in the 

Affirmative. 

V E A S. YEAS. KAYS. 

Mr. Stevens, Mr. Paxfox, Mr. LtxwretW, 

Mr. A. Smyth, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Holms, 

Mr. Welberill, Mr. Clement, Mr. Rett. , 

Mr. R. OgdtH. Mr. Leoming, Mr. S. S...:tl; 

Mr.J. GgJen, Mr. Spicer, 

Mr. Fijher, Mr. Yard, 
Mr. Hogland, 

Ordered, 
That the faid Bill as amended be engroffed. 

Mr. Lawrence reported, that Mr. Hogland and himfclf, delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. Read, with Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled, An AS. for the Pre* 
fervation of the Publick Records of the Colony of New-j«rfey ; which was read, and 
ordered a fecond Reading. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Saltar, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council return the Bill, entitled, An hScto amend and revive an Act, entitled, An 
for the Relief of poor diftreffed Prifoners for Debt ; with one Amendment to the I 
to which they defirethe Concurrence of this Houfe : And the Queftion being put, 
whether the Houfe doth approve of the faid Amendment, or not ? it was carried in the 
Affirmative. Ordered^ 



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Ordered, 
That the faid Bill with the Council's Amendment thereto fee re-engrofled, 

Ordered, 
That Candles be brought in. And they were brought in accordingly. 

The Bill re-ingroffed, with the Council's Amendments, entitled, An Aft to amend and 
revive an Act, entitled, An Act for the Relief of poor diftreifed Prifoners for Debt ; was 
read, and compared. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Read and Mr. Pax/en do carry the faid Bill to the Council. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Adito,eretl and efiablifh Courts in the fever al Counties 
in this Colony, for the 'Trial of fmall Caufes ; was read, and compared ; and on the 
Queftion. 

Refohed, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. R, Ogden and Mr. J. Ogden do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourned till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Ihurfday, November 27, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Read reported, that Mr. Paxfon and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. R. Ogden reported, that Mr. J. Ogden and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to Mr. Woodruff, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Woodruff, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have paffed the Bill, entitled, Au Aft for the Support of Government, &c. and 
alfo the Bill, entitled, An Aft to revive fuch Parts of an Acl, entitled, An A£l to im- 
power certain Perfons to purchafe the Claims of the Indians to Land in this Colony, 
as relates to Lotteries ; and alfo to fupply the Defers of another AH, for fuppreffing 
Lotteries and other Gaming within this Colony ; without any Amendment. 

The Houfe adjourned till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A MeiTage from the Council by Mr. Kemble, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council return the Bill, entitled, An Aft to revive an Acl, entitled, An Act for the 
better enabling Creditors to recover their juft Debts from Perfons who abfeond them- 
felves •, with one Amendment to the Title, and feveralto the Body of the Bill; requefting 
the Concurrence of this Houfe to the laid Amendments : And on the Queftion, Whether 
the Houfe agrees to the faid Amendments or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill at amended be re-enaroffed. 

Ordered, 
That Candies be brought in. And they were brought in accordingly. 

The Aft, entided, An Aft to remedy the Neglect of chufing County Collectors ; was read 
the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. S. Smith, and Mr. A. Smyth, 

The Act, entitled, An Kdcfor the Prefervaiion of the Publick Rec$rds of the Colony of 
New-Jerfey ; was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. S. Smith and Mr. A. 
Smyth. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning Nine o' Clock. Friday 



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Friday, November 28, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. S. Smith, from the Committee to whom was committed, the Bill entitled, An Aft 
to impower the Jufiices and Freeholders of each County to adjourn, and to remedy the Neglect 
of chufing County Collectors ; reported the lame with one Amendment to the Title, and 
feveral to the Body of the Bill ; which were read in their Places ; and on the Queftion 
agreed to ; and the faid Bill as amenaed, was ordered to be engroffed. 

The en°roffed Bill, entited, An Aft to continue upon an equitable Footing, the Dam 
acrofs WoodDury-Creek, in the County of Gloucefter ; was read and compared ; and 
on the Queftion, 
Rsfolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Ladd, and Mr. Clement do carry the faii Bill to the Council for Concurrence. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens, Mr. Fifiber, Mr. R. Ogden, and Mr. A Symth, or any three of 
them, be a Coin.muee to infpec ..ia aujaft Col. Johnfon's, Stephen Crane's, and John 
Taylor's Accounts, and report lo the Houfe, at the next Seffion. 

The Bill re-ino-rofled, with the Council's Amendments, entitled, An Aft to revive 
and amend an Act, entitled, An An ror the better enabling Creditors to recover their juft 
Debts from Perfons who abiconu themielves; was read and compared. 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Ladd, and Mr. Clement do carry the faid Bill to the Council. 

The Petition from Somerfet, relating to the Removing of their Court-Houfe and Goal, 
was read the fecond Time, and referred fof further Confideration. 

A MelTage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary. 

Mr. Speaker, his Excellency, is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the Attendance cf 
this Houfe. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe went to wait upon 
his Excellency ; and being returned, Mr. Speaker refurfted the Chair, and reported, 
that the Houfe, had waited upon his Excellency ; who was pleafed to give his Aflent to 
die following Bills, enacting the fame, viz. 

1. An Aft for the Support of Government of his Majefty's Colony' of Ncw-Jerfey, ti. com- 
mence the Tivemy-firft Bay of May, One Thoufand Seven Hundred find Sixty, and fo end 
the Twenty -firji Day of Mi) 7 , One Thoufand Seven Hundred and Sixty Two, and to dif- 
charge the publick Debts and contingent Charges thereof. 

2. An Aft to cfecrtrin the Proportion of the Money granted, or to be granted, by Far Ha- 
rnett to this Colony, i:i order to lefifen the Sinking Funds in each refpective County. 

3. An A£t to explain and fix in what Money the Taxes to thmefpeclive Sinking Funds, 
fihell bt hereafter paid into the Treajury. 

4. An Aft to amend and revive an Act, entitled, An Act for the Relief of poor di- 
ftrefTed Prifoners for Debt. 

5. An /ft for the continuing an Act paffed in the Twenty-fir ft Tear of his prefect 
Majefty's Reign, entitled, An Ail to prevent Aftions of Fifteen Pounds and under, 
being brought into the Supreme Court of this Colony. 

6. An Aft for Running and Marking the Lines between the feveral Counties and 
Townfhips of this Colony. 

7. An 



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7. An Ada for the ■Continuance of an Act, entitled, An Act for erecting the Bridge 
over Salem Creek, into a Toll-Bridge. 

S. An A6t for Building and Maintaining a Bridge ever Cooper; Creek, and Rebuilding 
And Maintaining other Bridges on the great Roads from Buriington County to Cooper'/ 
Ferries ; and for keeping the new Road from Burlington to the faid Ferries in Repair. 

9. An Aft to enable the Owners and Poffeffors ef the Meadows lying on Little Timber 
Creek, in the County of Gloncefter, to fupport and maintain a certain Bank, Bam, and 
ether IF at er- works, lately ereiled acrofs the faid Creek, in order to prevent the Tide from 
overflowing the fame ; and to keep the former Water Courfe of faid Creek open and clear. 

10. An Aft to enable the Owners and Pojfejfors offome Meadows or Marfhes in Fairfield, 
in the County of Cumberland, to keep the Tide from overflowing the fame. 

11. An Aft to indemnify William Thorn, for a Sum of Money in Bills of Credit of this 
Colony loft by Accident. 

12. An Aft for naturalizing Peter Penier, George Andreas Virfelius, Jacob Antoni, 
«nd Chriftopher Bauyefen. 

Mr. Ladd reported, that Mr. Clement and hirnfjf, delivered the two Eills with them 
entrusted, to the Speaker in Ccfum il. 

The Houfe adjourned tiii Two P. M. 

The Houle met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft for regulating Roads and Bridges, was read the fecond 
Time ; and feveral Amendments being made thereto in the Houfe : On the Queftion ; 
the faid Bill as amended, was agreed to, and ordered to beengroifed. 

Mr. S. Smith, from the Committee to whom was committed, the Bill, entitled, An 
. Ad: for the Prefervation of the Publick Records of the Colony of New-Jerfey ; reported 
the fame with feveral [Amendments ; which were read in their Places ; and the 
Confiderarion of the faid Bill and Amendments, is referred till To-morro w Morning- 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary. 

" Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the Houfe of Reprefentatives, 

" TT This Inftant receive a Letter from Col. Schuyler, who would have been here in 
" \_ Perfon, but is not in a Condition to travel : He defires me, to recommend to 
*' you the Settling of his Accounts ; which I do moft cordially : A Gentleman who has 
" deferved fo highly of the Publick, mould meet with no Embarraflments. He defires 
" alio to be informed, to what Day the Regiment is to be paid ; having been already 
" longer on Duty than the Time provided for, and not yet difcharged. I earneftly 
" requeft, Gentlemen, that by fome Ipeedy Refolution, you will enable me to give 
" comfortable Tidings, to a Set of Men that have been engaged in the Service of their 
'* Country during this protrafted Campaign." 

THO. BOONE. 

turlingttn, Krv. it, 176*. 

Which was read, and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The engrofTed Bill , entitled, An Aft to impower the Juftices and Freeholders of each 
County to adjourn, and to remedy the Neglect of chafing County Collectors ; was read and 
compared 5 and on the Queftion ; 

M Refolved, 



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Refohed, 
That the famedopafs. 

Ordered, 

That Mr. R. Qgden and Mr. Ladd do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

The Houie adjourned till Nine o'Clock To-morrow Morning. 
Saturday , November 29, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

K:s Excellency's Mefftge of Yefterday, was read the fecond Time •, and on the 
Que:a;,.i Whether fuch of Col. Schuyler's Accounts, as now he before the Hcufe, be at 
this Time fettiei , agreeable to his own Requeft, or delayed till he is able to attend 
the Houie ? It 1 came 1 as follows -, 

1 W NOW. DELAYED. DELAYED. 

Mr* Stevens, Mr. H-gland. Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. A . r - Mr. Head, Mr. Laivrence, Mr. Learning. 

Mr. R.OgcUn, Mr, S Smith, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Spictr. 

Mr J. Ogden, Mr. Lcdd, Mr. Pax/on, Mr. Yard, 

Mr. Ffttr, Mr. Stabs. 

The Voices being equal, Mr. Speaker gave his Vote for the now Settling the faid 
Accounts. t 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Read and Mr. Learning, do wait upoa his Excellency ; and in Anfwer to 
his Meflage of Yefterday, inform him, That this Houfe propofes to ec - Exami- 
nation of fuch of Col. Sshuyler'i Accounts as lie before them : And d £ .. n.cy 
will pleafe to order, that the Regiment of this Colony may be f- ij< : 
And that the Houfe is of Opinion, Col. Schuyler ought to pay the* , s 
Month, and no longer - t as the Men's coming Home in fuch a i . I 
require Ccmmiflioners to be appointed, to adjuft the Time fot .0 
them ; for which Pay, the Houfe will proceed to provide in die s -.er 
they are capable of. 

Mr. R. Ogden reported, that Mr. Ladd and himfelf dtliyered & them 

entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o'Clock. Monday Morning. 

Monday, December 1, 1760. 
The Houfe met. 

I Nevill's, Second Volume of NcK-Jerfty Laws, are printed and 
bounu, di: 1 he deliver ; 

To I liency the Governor, 2 

To . of the Gentlemen of the Cou»cil one, - 12 

To . mitb, E% for the Ufe of the Agent, 2 

To each .i the Judges of the Supreme-Court one, - 3 

To the Clerk l1" die Supreme-Court - 2 

To each ot tBe Treaforeitfone 2 

To the Attorney General - 1 

To the Clerks of the Affembly, for their own Ufe, each one 2 

To the faid Clerks, for the Ufe of the Houfe, - .- 4 



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To the Members of the Houfe of Affembly, as follows^ 

Middle/ex, - - 29 

Monmouth, - 31 

Effex, - - 17 

Somerfet, - - 21 

Bergen, - - 18 

Burlington, - - 51 

Gloucejier, - - 27 

Salem, - - - 22 

Cape-May, - - - 16 

Hunterdon, - - 38 

Morris - - 19 

Cumberland, - - 22 

•Sa^Wf, - - 25 



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And the Members of the Houfe, when they receive thofe ordered for the faid 
Counties, are to distribute them as follows, viz. 

To the Members of the prefent Houfe of Affembly each one, - 2^ 

To the firft Judge of each County one, - - - - 1 

To the Clerk of each County one, for the Ufe of the Court and himfelf, - 1* 
To Mayor's each, one for his own Ufe, - ... 4 

To the Clerk of each Corporation one, to the Ufe «f the Corporation Court and 

himfelf, - - -''-■-- -4 

To the Clerk of each Precinct one, for the continual Ufe of the Inhabitants of 

the Precinct, and to be tranfmitted to bis Succeffor in Office, 
To the Colleftor «f each County one, to be tranfmitted to his Succeflbr, for the 

Ufe of the Office, - ----:, l 2 

To the Collector of each Precinct one, to be tranfmitted to his Succeffor, for the 

Ufe of the Office. ... ... 

To the AffefTor of each Precinct one, to be tranfmitted to his Succeffor, for the 

Ufe of the Office. - - - - - - 

To the Boards of the Juftices and Freeholders, refpectively, one of each Volume, 

for the Ufe of faid Board fucceffively, - - - 26 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Smith, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have pafied the Bill, entitled, An Act to ereel and ejlablijh Courts in the fever al 
Counties in this Colony, for the Trial of fmall Caufes ; without any Amendment : And 
that the Council return the Bill, entitled, An Act to continue upon an equitable Footing, 
the Dam acrofs Woodbury-Creek, in the County cf Gloucefter ; with one Amendment to 
the Title, and feveral to the B*dy of the Bill ; to which they defire the Concurrence of 
rhis Houie. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to continue upon an equitable Footing, the Dam acrofs 
Woodbury^Creek, in the County of Gloucefter ; together with the Amendments made 
thereto by the Council; was read, and the faid Amendments in their Places ; and on the 
Queftion, the ift, 2d, 3d, 5th, and 6th, were agreed to by the Houfe; then the 
Queftion was put, whether the 4th and 7 th be agreed to, or not ; and it was carried in 
the Negative. 

Refclved, 

That this Houfe doth difagrce to the faid 4th and 7th Amendments, and adhere 
no the Bill in the Parts there amended. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 

That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Learning do carry the faid Bill and Amendments to the 
Council, and acquaint them with the Reielutions of the Houfe thereupon. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable Jofeph Corfon, Ifaac Beaner, John Mackey, 
Tames Willets, and their Affociates, to build by Subfcription a Toll Bridge, &c. was read 
the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Learning and Mr. Stokes. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and Pojfejjbrs of fome Meadows, 
Marfies and Cripple Swamp, in the County of Cape May, to keep out the Tide from over- 
flowing the fame ; was read the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion, agreed to, and 
ordered to be engroffed. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Learning and hinjfelf delivered the Bill and Meffage 
with them entrusted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. A. Smith defired Leave to bring in a 3ill, entitled, An Aft to prevent the Sale of 
Tickets in Lctieries eretled cut of this Province ; and more effectually to prevent Gaming ; 
and to revive Three publick Lotteries appointed by a former Law of this Colony ; and on 
the Queftion, W^err^r he have Leave to bring in faid Bill, or not? it was carried in 
the Affirmative, ^s follows. 

YE^S. YEAS. NAYS. 

Mr Sirens, Mr.&-i, Mr.lTether,U, 

Mr. J. Smyb, Mi LcJd, Mr. Lawrence, 

Mr.Tt.Oi**. Mr. Lamms, Mr. ™bnes, 

Mr J. Olden, Mi . Ipicer, Mr. S. toMbi 

tSi.Ft/ber, Mr. Yard, Mv.Pa^fm,. 

Mr. Hogland, Mr - Clement, 

Ordered, 
That Mr. A. Smyth, have Leave to bring in faid Bill. 

Mr. Andrew Smyth, accordingly brought in a Bill, entitled as above; which was read, 
and ordered a fecond Reading. 

The Houfe refuming the Confideration of the Bill, entitled, An A&fcr the Prefervation 
of the Publick Records' of the Colony of New-Jerfey •, and feveral Amendments Hcing 
made thereto, the faid Bill on the Queftion, was agreed, to as amended, and ordered 
to be engroiied. 

The Houfe adjourned till To-morrow Morning Nine o'Clock. 

Tuefday, December 2, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to prevent the Sale of Tickets in Lotteries creeled cut of this 
Province, &c. was read the fecond Time, and committed to Mr. Read and Mr. Fifher. 

Mr. Read, with Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled, An Aft to regulate 
the Size of Traps to bt hereafter fet in this Colony ; which was read, and ordered a fecond 
Reading. 

Mr. Learning, from the Committee, to whom was commited, the Bill, entitled, An 
Aft to enable Jofeph Corlon, Ilaac Beaner, John Mackey, James Willets, and their 
JfTociates, 10 build by Subj. riptkm a Toll Bridge, &c. reported the fame, with feveral 
Amendments thereto ; which were read in their Places j and on the Queftion 2greed to 

by the Houfe. 

Ordered, 
That the faid Bill as amended be engrafted. 

The 



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The engroffed Bill, entitled, An AS. for regulating Roads and Bridges ; was read and 
compared ; and on the Queftion. 
Refolved, 
That the faid Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. John Ogden and Mr. Stokes do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 
Concurrence. 

Mr. J. Ogden reported, that Mr. Stokes and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
cntrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

A Meflage from the Council by Mr. Smith, in thefe Words : 

" Ordered, 
" That Mr. Smith do acquaint the Houfe of Alfembly, that the Bill, entided, An Aft 
" to impoiver the Juftices and Freeholders of each County to adjourn, and to remedy the Neglect 
" of chufing County Collectors ; is pafied this Houfe without any Amendment : And 
" alfo, that he carry to the Houle of Affembly, the Bill, entitled, An Aft to continue 
" the Dam acrofs Woodbury Creek, in the County of Gloucefter ; with the Amendments 
" thereto annexed, and acquaint them, that this Koufe do adhere to the 4th and 7th 
" Amendments made to the faid Bill. 

" By Order of the Houfe, 

" S. Blackwood, pr. Clerk." 

" Council-Chamber, December z, iy66. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Robert Ogden and Mr. Learning do wait upon the Council, and acquaint 
them, that this Houle defires a free Conference on the fubjeft Matter of the 4th and 7th 
Amendments aforefaid : And that this Houfe have appointed Mr. Learning, Mr. Stevens, 
Mr. R. Ogden, Mr. Paxfon, and Mr. Ladd, to be a Committee for that Purpofe ; and 
defire that the Council will appoint a Committee to confer with them thereon, together 
with Time and Place of Meeting. 

Mr. Fijher, from the Committee to whom was committed, the Bill, entided, An 
Aft to prevent the Sale of Tickets, in Lotteries eretled out of this Province ; and more 
effetlualiy to prevent Gaming, &c. reported the fame, with feveral Amendments thereto ; 
which were read in their Places ; * and on the Queftion, the faid Bill as amended, was 
agreed to, and ordered «o be engroffed. 

The Houfe adjourned till Two P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

A Meffage from the Council, by Mr. Smith, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have agreed to a free Conference upon the fubjeft Matter of the 4th and 7th 
Amendments to the Bill, entitled, An Aft to continue the Dam acrofs Woodbury-Creek, 
in the County of Gloucefter : And that they have appointed Mr. Saltar, and him 
the faid Mr. Smith, a Committee, to meet the Committee of this Houfe, for that Purpofe, 
at the Houfe of Jofeph Hollinjhead, at 6 o'Clock this Afternoon. 

The engroffed Bill, entitled, An Ad: for the Prefervation of the Publick Records of the 
Colony of New-Jerfey •, was read and compared ; and on the Quefton. 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Wetherill and Mr. Hogland do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

N The 



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The Bill, entitled, An Act to regulate the Size of Traps to be hereafter fet in this 
Colony -, was read the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion, ordered to be engrofled. 

Mr. Wetherill reported, that Mr. Hogland and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrusted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Bill, entitled, An Act to provide forfuch of his Majefly's Regular Troops as could 
not be accommodated in the Barracks laft Winter, and other incidental Charges ; was read 
the fecond Time, and committed to a Committee of the whole Houfe. 

The Houfe refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider of the 
faid Bill : And after fome Time lpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair ; and Mr. 
Lawrence, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made fome 
Progrefs in the Matter to them referred, and defired Leave to fit again. To which the 
Houfe agreed. 

The Houfe adjourned till Nine o'Clock To-morrcw Morning. 

Wednefday, December 3, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofled Bill, entitled, An Act to regulate the Size of Traps to be hereafter Jet 
in this Colony ; was read and compared ; and on the Queftion. 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pals. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. R. Ogden and Mr. Stokes do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 
Concurrence. 

The engrofled Bill, entitled, An Act to prevent the Sale of Tickets in Lotteries erecled 
out of this Province, and more effectually to prevent Gaming, and to revive Three publick 
Lotteries appointed by a former Law of this^Colony ; was read and compared ; and on 
the Queftion, Whether the faid Bill do pafs, or not ? It was carried in the Affirmative. 

NAYS. NAYS. 

• Mr. Wetherill, Mr. Stokes. 

Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Clement, 

Mr. Holmes, Mr. Hancock, 
Mr. Pax/on, 

and Mr. Stokes do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 

Mr. R. Ogden reported, that Mr. Stokes and himfelf delivered the two Bills with 
them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

The Houfe again refolved itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider of 
the Bill, entitled, An Act to provide forfuch of his Majejiy's Regular Troops as could not 
be accommodated in the Barracks laft Winter, and other incidental Charges : And after fome 
Time fpent therein, Mr. Speaker refumed the Chair, and Mr. Lawrence, Chairman of 
the Committee, reported, that the Committee had gone through the faid Bill, Paragraph 
by Paragraph, and had made one Amendment to the Title, and feveral to the Body of 
the Bill •, which the Committee are ready to report whenever the Houfe will pleaie 
to receive the fame. 

Ordered, f 

That the faid Report be made immediately. 

Whereupon 



YEAS. 


YEAS. 


Mr. Ste'vens, 


Mr. Hogland. 


Mr. A. Smyth, 


Mr. Vrdandt, 


Mr. R. Ogden, 


Mr. Read, 


Mr. J. Ogden, 


Mi . LadJ, 


Mr. Fi/ber, 


Mr. Spicer. 


Ordered, 




That Mr. R. 


Ogden and M 


Concurrence. 





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Whereupon Mr. Lawrence reported the laid Bill, now entitled, A hi Ad to provide for 
the Pay of the New-Jerfey Regiment for the Month of November, One Thoufand Seven 
Hundred and Sixty, and other incidental Charges ; with the Amendments ; whick were 
read in their Places, and on the Queftion, the faid Bill as amended by the Committee 
was agreed to, and ordered to be engrofled. 

The engrofled Bill, entitled, An Act to enable Jofeph Corfon, Ilaac Beaner, John Mac- 
key, James Willets, and their Affociates to build by Subfcription a Toll Bridge and Caufeway 
in the County of Cape-May, was read and compared j and on the Queftion, 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pals. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer and Mr. A. Smith do carry the faid Bill to the Council for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two o' Clock, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Lawrence, from the Committee appointed on thePublick Accounts, made the 
foLowing Reports, viz. 



Dr. 



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Dr. ¥ht Commiffoners for Building the Barracks at Amboy ; providing 

Furniture therefor, and paying billeting Money, 



To 

To 



Cafh paid by the Honourable Andrew Johnflox, Efquire, 
fundry Articles by them paid. 



- 


£• 39 6 9->9"4. 

S5-OJ-3 




£. 4055-02-7 





Burlington, Nov. 1 8th, 1760. Infpetted the above Account, and report it right. 

In Behalf of the Committee, 

JOHN OGDEN, 
HENRY PAXSON. 



Dr. Thomas Scattergood, William Skeeles, and Hugh Hartfhorne, Efquires, 

Commiff oners for Building the Barracks at Burlington, 

To Cafli paid Thomas Scattergood, by Samuel Smith, Efq; - £.630-06-0 

TO Ditto paid William Skeeles, by Ditto, - 1004-08-0 

To Ditto paid Hugh Hartfhorne, by Ditto, - 965-06-0 

To fundries Ibid by William Skeeles, - - - - - - 10-08 o 

To Ditto, by Hugh Hartfhorne, - ..... 3«-c8-S 

ToDitto, by Thomas Scattergood, - ...... i-\%-s 

£• 2643-09-z. 

Errors excepted, November £8, 1760. 

By HENRY PAXSON, 
JOHN OGDEN. 



Dr. Jofeph Hollinfhead and Hugh Hartfhorne, Efquires, on Account of 

furnifhing the Burlington Barracks in 1758, and Part of 1J59. 

1759, March 22. To Cam receiv'd of Samuel Smith, Efq; Treafurer, .... £. 307-10-0 

April 1 j. To Ca(h receiv'd of Ditto, -- 323—8-0 

To fundry Parcels of Wood included in our Account, that was delivered to 

the Mefs Houfe, ---------- 10-12-0 

To an Account of Houfe-Rent allowed by the Officers, ------ 10-oe-o 

To Ballance due te thefe Accountant!, -------- 89-10-9 J 

£■ 741-00-9!- 



T) r , The Commiffioners for Building and Furnifhing the Barracks at Brunfwick, 

3760. To Caffi paid the Commiffioners, by the Honourable Andrei* Johnfton, Efq; in 175*. - £.1137-16-8 

To Ditto paid Ditto, by Ditto, in 1756, . - 1048-02-6 

ToDitto paid Ditto, by Ditto, in 176., - - - - - - 120-12-0 

To Ditto paid Ditto, by Samuel Smith, Efquire, .... 600-00-0 _ 

To Ditto paid Ditto, by Ditto, ..---- 25-18-2,. 



£. 2932-09-^ 



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To the Province of Niw-Jersey, 



Cr. 



By Cam difburfed by the Hon. Samuel tfeviff, Efq; 

By Ditto, by T/:omas Barto-u,\E(qi - 

By Ditto, by John Smyth, Efq; ... 



Commiffions at 5 per Cent. 



£. 1106-1S-11 
1565-05-11 
1089-15-09 

£. 3861-00-07 
193-01-00 



£■ +OJ5-*-? 



To the Province of New-Jerfey, Cr. 

1760. By Cafh difburfed by Thomas Scattergood, as per Account, for 
Materials, and to Workmen, for which he produced 
proper Vouchers. .... ,£.701-17-02 

By Ditto difburfed by William Skeeles, as per Ditto, - . 796-17-n 

By Ditto difburfed by Hugh Hartjhorne, as per Ditto, - - 811 19-03 

£• 2311 14-04. 
Commiffions at 5 per Cent. ... . . „..„.„} 

" £■ 2417-06-00 

By Cafh paid Samuel Smith, Efq; by Thomas Scattergood, ----- 21-10-06 

By Ditto, paid Ditto, by William Skeeles, 52-01-0- 

By Ditto, paid Ditto, by Hugh Hart/borne, ....... . 142-02-05 



£■ 2643-09-02 



a-»- 



To the Colony of New-Jerfey, 



per Contra, 



Cr. 



By Sundries, as per Hugh Hart/horne's Account, as allowed by the Committee, 
By Sundries, per Jofeph Hollinjhead'% Account, as allowed by the Committee, 
By Sundries paid the Officers at the Mefs Houfe, as per their Receipts, allowed by the 
Committee, - - -- -- - 

By the Commiffions on the above Sum, at 5 per Cent. ------ 



£. 314-11-09 

35°-n-05£ 

30-11-00 
35-05-09 

£. 741-00-09-' 



Errors excepted, by the Committee. 



WILLIAM HANCOCK, 
EBENEZER MILLER, 
JOHN OGDEN. 



To the Province of New-Jerfey, 



Cr, 



1760. By Cafh difburfed by Hendrick Fifher, Efq; for Materials, and to Workmen, as 
per Account of Particulars, for which he produced proper Vouchers. 
By Ditto by Reuben Rwmion, 
By Ditto by Jofeph Mount, - - -- - -'- - '. - 



Commiffions at 5 per Cent. 



£■ 1324-03 «5| 

7IO-'. 6-023 

7+7-16-11* 



2792-I6-07A 

139-12-09 
£■ 2932-09-041 



o 



Dr. 



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D K CommiJJioners f»r paying billeting Accounts of the Regular Troops, 

j 7 j9. To Cafh paid by the Honourable Andrew Johnfton, Efq; £■ S 00 " 00 "* 



Errors excepted, by the Committee, Nov. 28, 1760. 

per JOHN OGDEN. 



Dr. Robert Ogden, Jacob Dehart, and Cornelius Hetfield, Efqrs, for Building and 
Furnijhing tbt Barracks at Elizab«th-Town, Wood for the fame, and Billeting, 

1759. To fundry Sums received from Treafurers Jobnjhn and Smith, from June 7, 175S, 

to September 23, 1760, amounting to, - - - - - £■ 3404-10-9 

To Cani received for Damages done the Barracks, and Lime and Stone fold,- - - i9- J 5-9 

ToaMiftake, - - ..... i-n-z 

Ballancedue, - - -' 164-00-9* 



£■ 35«9-'7-8i 



I ■!■ I ..■■■ 



Dr. New-Jerfey, To Jofeph Yard, John Allen, and Theophilus Severns, Efqrs, 
appointed to pay for the Soldiers that were billeted in Trenton, in 1 758, 

1759. To fundry Perfons paid, as pet Account of Particulars, examiaed by the Committee, 

amounting to .---*• 3*°-i+-« 



Dr. New-Jerfey, To Jofeph Yard, Efq; one of the Commijfwners 

5759. To fundry Payments, as per the proper Vouchers infpetted and allowed of by thisComraittee, 

amounting to, ....... £ 3290-14-09^ 

To Capt. Neivcomb's Account, per Order of the Houfe, - 15-05-09 

33o6-oo-o&i 

Commiflions at Twoper Cent. - - - - - ^_ 6 6-02-05 

3372-02-111 
Ballance due to the Province 67-07-00^ 

£■ 3439-1°-°° 



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To the Prevince of New-Jerfey, Cr. 

By Amount of billeting Account, as per Account, Particulars properly proved, £. 467-04-08! 

Commiffions at 5 per Cent. - - - . 23-07-03 

£. 490-ii-nX 

Ballance due to the Province, - - 9-08-00* 

£. 500-00-00 



■jbM—iw-i— — -imr^-— — MJK - ~^» ? '"" lt - 



To the Colony of New-Jerfey, per Contra Cr. 

By fundry Difburfements allowed by the Committee, amounting to - - £• 35*9-17-8- 



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Errors excepted, November 28, 1760. per 

HENRY PAXSON. 
AARON LEAMING. 

; ~ ■ — ^— — — r, 

' ' ' — *d 

Per Centra Q r 

1759, July 4. By Cadi received of Samuel Smith, Efq; - - . . _ /•,,«««„ 

Augufi^. By Ditto of Ditto, - ' . . . L 'To Q tl 

Ballance due to Yard, Allen and Severn. - - ' - i *?° 00 "° 

.,0-14-0 

£■ 3*o-i4- 8 

December 5, 1760. We the Committee appointed to infpetl the publick Accounts of 'New- 
Jerfey, have carefully examined and inlpetled the above Account, and find there is a 
Ballance of Thirty Pounds Foiateen Shillings, due from the faid Province, to Jofeph 
Yard, John Allen, and Theophilus Severns ; as Witnefs eur Hands, the Bay and 
Date abovefaid, 

HENRY PAXSON, 
JOHN OGDEN, 
SAMUEL STOKES. 

for Cloathing the Regiment, per Contra Q r 

iy$$, March 50. By Cafh of Samuel Smith, Efq; - - - . . . . . J" j:;.;-. 

May\. By Ditto of Ditto, - - . £ *J° 

9. By Ditto of Ditto *°°-°°-° 

24. By Ditto of Ditto, ioco'oT^ 

Juljij. By^ Ditto of Ditto, X >££-1 

£• 34-39->o-o 

This Side compared with Treafurer Smith'* Account, 

November 28, 1760; per HENRY PAXSON, 

AARON LEAMING. 
Examined Treafurer JohnftonV Accounts alfo, but did not find that Mr. Yard had 
received any Money from him. AARON LEAMING. 

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Br. The Province of New-Jerfey, To John Stevens and Jofeph Yard, Efqrs, 

To Cafh paid, as per Account of Particulars and Vouchers examined and allowed by 
the Committee, .... . . £.3711-18-5' 

To Commiffions at Two/*rCent. - 74.-05-2* 



£. 3787-03-8 I 
1760, Dec. 3. To Cam paid Tmtarer Smith, for Ballance, as per Receipt, - - 138-05-3* 

£■ 392S-°9-° 



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Dr. The Province ef New-Jerfey, t$ John Stevens, Efq; one of the Commiff.oners for Clothing, 

1759. To Cam paid for Sundries, as per Account of Particulars and Vouchers, examined 

and alloved by the Committee, - ------ £. 3153-03-7% 

To CommiiTions at Two />fr Cent. ... - - 62-13-3 

Nov. 21. To Cafh returned to Samuel Smith, Efq; as per Receipt, ... 35-°*-7* 

£• 3 2 3»-'9 6 * 



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Dr. The Province of New-Jerfey, to John Johnflon and John Stevens, Efqrs, 

1756. To Sundries paid for by John Johnflon, as /«■ Account of Particulars and Vouchers, examined 

and allowed by the Committee, ----- £.121-18-10 

To Ditto paid for, by John Stevens, as per Account of Particulars and Vouchers, 

examined and allowed by the Committee, - 137-18-01^ 

£•259-1*11* 



Dr. The Honourable Samuel Nevill, Efq; and Hendrick Fifher, Efq-, 

To the Province of New-Jerfey, 

1760, To Cafhpajd them by the Honourable Andrtiv Johnflon, Efq;- - - £• n49-'7- 6 » 



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Commiffioners for paying fuch of the Provincials as were captivated, Cr. 

By Ca(h of Treafurer JobnJIon, at fundry Times, ----_-.£. 1819-15-0 
By Ditto of Treafurer Smith, at fundry Times, ------- 1105-14^0 

£• 39*5-°9-° 



Burlington, December 3, 1760. By Order of the Committee, 

JONH OGDEN, 
HENRY PAXSON. 



&c. of 1000 Provincials (including Officers) commanded by Col. Peter Schuyler, Cr. 

17 59, March 15. By Ballance of Account as Commiffioner for the Year 1758, £. 0-17-ioi 

By Cafli of Treafurer JohnRon, at fundry Times, ... 1193-15-0 

By Ditto of Treafurer Smith, ------ zooo-00-0 

By fundries fold belonging to the Province, ptr Account of Particulars 

examined by the Committee, ... - - 36-06-8 

£. 1230-19-6; 



Burlington, Nov. 22, 1760 ; By Order of the Committee, 

HENRY PAXSON, 
JOHN OGDEN. 



Commiffioner s for building Block-Houfes on the Frontiers, Cr. 

1755, Dtctm. 47. By Cam of the Hon. Andrew Jthnfion, Efq; Treafurer of the Eaftern 

Divifion, .- - - - - - - - £• *4J-oo-»o 

Ballance due to John John/Ion and John Stevem, ... 14.-16-11-5 

£• »59-i6-nJ 



Burlington, December 3, 1760. By Order of the Committee, 

JOHN OGDEN, 
JOHN WETHERILL. 



Commiffioner s for paying the billeting of Soldiers in 1758, Cr. 

1760. By Cam paid in full for billeting in and near New-Brunfijuick, per William Oukit 

Receipt of 13d June, 175I. ...... £, n49.j7.6J 



Errors excepted By 



JOHN OGDEN, In Behalf of the Committee. 



Dr. 



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Br. Mr. Thomas Eaton, Pay-Ma/fer to the New-Jerfey Regiment, /« 1757, 

1757. To Cam received of the Honourable Andrew Jobnflon, Efq; Treafurer, at feveral Times, £.2871-08-0$ 
To Ditto received of Samuel Smith, Efq; Treafurer, at feveral Times, - - 1716-01-10 



1 
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Dr. Mijler-Mafters'and Commijfioners for the New- Jcrfey Regiment, in 1760, 

To Caffi paid Robert friend Price, by Samuel Smith, Efq; - - £. 3S00-00- 00 

To Ditto, paid Peter Middagb, by Ditto, - - - - 36oo-c«-o» 

To Ditto, paid Hendrick Fijher and John Hogland, by the Honourable Andrew Johnjlon, Efq; 6846-i2-o» 
To Ditto, daid Jofeph Harrifon, by Samuel Smith, Efq; ... 2600-00-00 

To Ditto, paid Robert Ogden, by the Honourable Andrew Johnfton, Efq; - - 1502-10-00 

To Ditto, for fundry Remnants fold by Robert Ogden, ... 59-13-n 

To Ditto, paid Andrew Smyth, by the Honourable Andrew Johnfton, Efq; : - x8oe-io-oo 

To Ditto, paid Ditto, by Samuel Smith, Efq; .... 42-01-os 

To Ditto, for fundry Remnants fold by Andrew Smjtb, - - - . 2S-16-05 

£. 20,280-03-06 



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J>. John Hogland, Efq; one of the Mufter-Maflers, 

3759. To Calh received of the Honourable Andrew Jobn/i 'on, Efq; Treafurer, at feveral Times, £. 3210-00-0 
To Ditto, received of Samuel Smith, Efq; Treafurer, - 4000-00-0 

jr. 7210-00-* 



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To the Colony of New-Jerfey, per Contra Cr. 

'757- By Monies paid as per Accounts and Vouchers allowed by the Committee, amounting to £. 3965-03-3 

Commiffions, at ¥i\eperCent. thereon, - 198-05-1 

By Money loft at the Surrender of Fort IVilliam-Henry, .... 28-10-0 
By Monies paid for the Commiffioners, as per Account, - - - 371-16-0 

Ballance due to the Colony, ... 13-16-0 



£. 4587-10-4. 



The Committee recommend to the Houfe, to remember that -when the Accounts of John 
Taylor, Efq; as Commijfwner in 1757, are fettled., that the ahove mentioned Sum of 
£. 37 1 -1 6-0, be charged to the Debit of his Account. 

Dec. 3, 1760, Errors excepted, by the Committee. 

HENRY PAXSON. 
SAMUEL STOKES. 



To the Province of New-Jerfey, Cr. 

1760. By Cafli difburfed by Robert Friend Price, for Levy, Bounty, 

and Subfiftance, as per Account properly vouched, - £. 36S6-05-6 

By Ditto, for Contingencies allowed by the Houfe of Aflembly - 12-02-9 
By Ditto, dilburfed by Peter Middagb, for Levy, Bounty and 

Subfiftance, as per Account and Vouchers, - 3357-»i-° 

By Ditto, difburfed by Hendrick Fijher and John Hogland, for 

Ditto, as per Ditto, ----- 6556-06-0 



13,612 05-3 

Commiflions at One/«-Cent. - 136-02-5 



13-7+8-07-$ 

November 7, 1760. By Ca(h paid to Satr.nel Smith, Efq; by Robert Friend Price, - - 64-12-6 

By Ditto paid Ditto, by Peter Middagb, November 8, 1760, " - 208-17-6 

By Ditto paid Ditto, by Hendrick Fijher and John Hogland, - - 224-14-9 

By Ditto dilburfed by Jofeph Harrifon, for fundry 

Neceflaries, for which he produced proper Vouchers, £. 2451-05-61 
By Ditto, by Ditto, for Contingencies allowed by the Houfe, 3-00-0 
By Ditto, by Robert Ogden, ----- 15^-04-1* 

By Ditto, by Andrew Smyth, ... - 1S34-13-9J. 



5804-03-5 
Commiflions on Ditto at Two per Cent. - - 116-00-0 



£■ 5Jio-°3-S 



By Cafli paid Samuel Smith, Efq; by Jofeph Harrifon, as per 

Receipt, dated Nov. 7, 1760, - 

By Ditto, paid Ditto, by Robert Ogden, 



Burlington, 28th November, 1760. By Order of the Houfe of Affembly, nve have examined the Accounts, and proper 
Vouchers therefor, oj the four Mufier-Mafiers, and three cj the Commiffioners for providing for the Provincial 
Regiment this Year, as above Rated. By Order of the Committee, 

JOHN OGDEN. 
AARON LEAMING. 



■* 


£■ 




96- 

16- 


13-1 

13-9 






zo 


,280- 


03-6 

















To the Province of New-Jerfey. per Contra Cr. 

1759. By fundry Vouchers allowed by the Committee, amounting to, - £.6681-01-6 

Commjllions thereon at One pe rCent. - 66-16-3 

Oclober 23, Bv Cafh returned the Honourable Andrew Johnfton, Efq; - 412-04-0 

i;6o, November 21. By Ballance returned Treafurer Smith, - - - - 49-18-3 

£. 7210-00-0 



Mpecledby HENRY PAXSON, 

JOHN OGDEN, 



The 



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The engrofied Bill, entitled, An Aft to enable the Owners and Poffeffors of fomc 
Marfhes end Cripple Swamp in the County of Cape-May, to keep out the fide from over- 
flowing the fame, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion j 
Refolved, 
That the fame do pafs. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Spicer and Mr. A. Smyth do Carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

Mr. Robert Ogden had Leave of the Houfe to be abfent on extraordinary Occafions. 

Mr. Spicer reported, that Mr. A. Smyth and himfelf delivered the two Bills with 
them entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Mr. Stevens, from the Committee appointed to confer with a Committee of the 
Council, on the 4th and 7th Amendments to the Bill, entitled, An Aft to continue the 
Bam acrofs Woodbury Creek, in the County <?/Gloucefter, reported, that the faid Com- 
mittees had met at the Time and Place appointed, and had agreed upon certain Claufes 
to be inferted in the faid Bill, in Lieu of the 4th and 7th Amendments aiorefaid ; which 
by Leave of the Houfe he reported : And the faid Claufes being read in their Places ; 
on the Queftion, were agreed to. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Bill, with the Council's Amendments agreed to by this Houfe, and the 
faid additional Claufes, be re-engrofTed. 

The Houfe adjourn'd sill 9 o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

e Thurfday i "December 4, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

The engrofied Bill, entitled, An Act to provide for the Pay of the New-Jerfey Regi- 
ment for the MontfPof November, One Thoufand Seven Hundred and Sixty, and other 
incidental Charges, was read and compared .- And on the Queftion, whether the faid Bill 
do pafs, or not ? it was carried in the Affirmative. 
Ordered, 
That Mr. Fifher and Mr. J. Ogden do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for 
Concurrence. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Fifher reported, that Mr. J. Ogden and himfelf delivered the Bill with them 
entrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

A Mefiage from the Council, by Mr. Woodruff, acquainting the Houfe, that the 
Council have paffed the Bill, entitled, An Aft for the Prefervation of thepublick Records 
of the Colony of New-Jerfey ; alfo the Bill, entitled, An Acl: to prevent the Sale of 
Tickets m Lotteries erecled out of this Province, &c. and alio the Bill, entitled, An A<5t 
to enable the Owners and Poffeffors of fome Marfhes and Cripple Swamp, in the County 
of Cape May, to keep the Tide from overflowing the fame ; and alfo the Bill, entitled, 
An Act for regulating Roads and Bridges ; without any Amendment. 

The Bill re-engrofied, with the Amendments agreed on by the Council and this 
Houfe, entitled, An Adt tq continue the Dam acrofs Woodbury Creek in the County of 
Gloucefter, was read and compared ; and on the Queftion. 
Refolved, 
That the iaia Bill do pafs. 

Ordered, 



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Ordered, 
That Mr. Ladd and Mr. Hogland do carry the faid Bill to the Council. 

Mr. Lawrence, from the Committee on the publick Accounts, reported, that they 
had infpected Col. Schuyler's, and Capt. Rufco's Accounts, as far as they are able, and 
find it impracticable at prelent to letde either of them, for Want of Vouchers, and 
their peribnal Attendance.. 
Ordered, 

That the faid Accounts be fettled at the Beginning of next SefTion. 

Mr. Ladd reported, that Mr. Hogland and himfelf delivered the re-engrofied Bill 
•with them entrufted, to Mr. Smith, one of the Gentlemen of the Council. 

Jacob Spicer, Efq; one of the CommilTioners for Indian Affairs, laid before the 
Houfe, the feveral Accounts of their Proceedings and Difburfempnts relative thereto ; 
which were received, and referred to the Committee on the publick Accounts. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Nine o' Clock To-morrow Morning. 

Friday, December 5, 1760. 

The Houfe met. 

Mr. Laivmnce, from the Committee on the publick Accounts, reported, 
That they had gone through the Accounts of the Commiffioners on Indian 
Affairs, and examined their Vouchers; and that the State thereof, is as 
follows, "ciz. 



Q^ S£* 



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An Account of the Mercy received from the Treafury, and expended by the CcmmiJJioners 
appoiruc.i to pur chafe the Lands in New-Jerfey belonging to the Indians. Dr. 

To Cafli paid Indian Purchafe for the Northern Parts of the Province, - . ' £. 491-10-6 

Ditto raid for the Southern Parts of D». including £. i 7 -i6, advanced by William fe/kr, Efq; 49-10-0 

Ditto paid for the Purchaie of the Lands at Erotbcrton, ..... 745-00-0 

Deeds, Proofs, and Recording, ------- _ n _. 9-17-0 

Paid Daniel Ellis, for furveying, and a Draught, - - . - - 2-10-0 



. 1299-07-6 

To Cam paid by Charles Read, Efqj to Samuel Smith, Efq; for Ballance due to the Province, 10-18-6 



£. 1310-06-0 



Errojjfccepted, qth December, 1760, 

By us, CHARLES READ, 
JACOB SPICER. 



By Order of the Ccm;:iittee, 

JAMES HOLMES. 
HENRY PAXSON, 



An Account of Money received from the Treafury, and expended by his Excellency Governor 

Bernard, and the Commijfwners for Indian Affairs, at Burlington, Philip! burg, and 

ton, Anno Domini 1758, for Purpofes mentioned in a Rcfolve of the General 

mbiy, Auguft 8, 1758. j>. 

ToExpences paid by Mr. Read, for Meeting of the Minifink Indians at Burlington, Auguft, 1758, £. 15-03-4 

To Exrences at the Indian Treaty at Eafion, as per Account paid by Mr. Read, ... 108-03-7 

To Ditto paid by John Stevens, per Account, - - - - ... 40-05-2 

To Cafli paid Modiiane, a mifchievous Warrior, to content him for theLofs.of Thirty Buck- 
Skins taken from him by theEngliih, /. 5. To Nickas, /. 4-10, - 



To Ballance due to the Province from Ifilliam Tefier, Efq; who is now abfent, /. 32-4-0, 



9-10-0 



173-02-1 



Cam paid by Charles Read, Efq; to Samuel imith, Efq; Treafurer, 6-6-8, — -8-10-8 



£■ 211-12-9 



Errors excepted, 4th December, 1760. 

By us, CHARLES READ, 
JACOB SPICER. 



By Order of the Committee, 

JAMES HOLMES. 
HENRY PAXSON. 



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per Contra Cr. 

175$. Augufi 3«. By Cadi of Treasurer Smith, to Mr. Read, ---..-£. 750-0-0 

OBaber 28. By Ditto, of Ditto, to Mr. Spker, - .... ... 510-4-0 

1759. June 9. By Ditto, of Ditto, to Mr. Fofler, - ..... JO -o-o 

£. 1310-6-0 



per Contra Cr. 

1758. By Cafh received of Treafurer Johnfton, by John Stevens, - £• 4°-°5-°* 

T» t"*?..^_ :j ikjr_ o. ? t» - .. • 1 o. • *.* »»_m 



By Ditto paid Mr. Spicer, Receipt given by Spker, 

By Ditto paid Mr. Spicer, at the Treaty. ... 

By Ditto of Ditto, to Governor Bernard, advanced to Mr. Spicer, 
1759. Jan, ij. By Ditto of Ditto, to Mr. Read, - 



12-11-10 





s 2 


-16-c 




32 


-11-6 




5- 


08-0 




ito. 


.17-3 







- — 


£■ 


211- 


12-9 



Refohea, 



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Refohed, 

That this Houfe doth approve of the Conduct of the faid CommiiTioners, in pur- 
chafing the Claims of the Indians to Lands in this Colony ; and as they have done it 
without Reward to themfelves, 
Ordered, 

That Mr. Speaker do return the Thanks of this Houfe to them, for their Services 
therein. 

Whereas by a Law of this Colony, Col. John Jchnjlcn, deceafed, was authorifed 
to purchafe Two Thoufand Stands of Arms, with Accoutrements and Ammunition, 
for the Ufe of the Colony : 

Ordered, 

That the Executors of the faid John Johr.fion, do deliver the Proportion thereof, 
belonging to the County of Cape-May., to Henry Toung, Efq; or Aaron Learning, 
Efq; or either of their Orders, for the Ufe of the Militia of Cafe-May, according 
to Law. 

A Petition was prefented to the Houfe, and read, from John Hammond, fetting 
forth, That the Petitioner ferved many Years as a Soldier in the Regiment of this 
Province, and has not received his tull Pay for the Service of the Year 1759 ; 
and being now, thro' Age and Sicknefs, reduced to great Want, humbly craves 
. Relief, as the Houfe in their Gcodnefs fhall fee meet. 
Ordered, 
That the faid Petition be referred for further Confideration. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Yard and Mr. Hogland, do wait upon the Council, and defire the 
Council to acquaint this Houfe, what Progrefs they have made in the Bill, entitled, 
An Act, for building a Court-Houfe and Goal in the County of Suffex. 

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M. 

The Houfe met. 

Ordered, 
That the Settlement of Jofeph HoIIinfjead's Accounts, be referred till next 
Seffion. 

Mr. Hogland reported, that Mr. Yard and himlelf, delivered the Meffage with 
them intrufted, to the Speaker in Council. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Clement, do wait upon his Excellency, and defire 
he wiil pleafe to difiblve the prefent Houfe of General Afiembly, when the prefent 
Seffion is over. 

A Meffage from the Council by Mr. Saltar, acquainting the Houfe, That the 
Councii have palled the Bill, entitled, An Act to provide for the Pay of the New- 
Jerfey Regiment, for the Month of November, One Thoufand Seven Hundred and 
Sixty, and other incidental Charges ; and alfo the Bill, entitled, An Aft to regulate 
the Size of Traps to be hereafter fet in this Colony ; without any Amendment. 

Mr. Saltar, alio brought from the Council, the Minute of that Houfe, relating 
to the Bill, entitled, An Act, for building a Court-Houfe and Goal in the County of 
Suffex, in thefe Words. 

" Council- 



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" Council-Chamber, November 22, 1760, 
PRESENT, 

" Mr. MORRIS, 

" Mr. REMBLE, 

" Mr. WOODRUFF, 

"Mr. SMIT H. 

" Mr. Kemble, from the Committee, to whom the Bill, entitled, An KBc for 
" building a Court-Houfe and Goal in the County of Sujfex, was referred ; reported, 
" That they had confidered the faid Bill, and Petitions relating to the fame, lent up 
" from the Houfe of AfTembly : That it did not appear to the Committee, that the 
u faid Place, by the Bill fixed for building the Court-Houfe and Goal, was the moft 
" convenient and proper for that Purpofe ; nor were the Committee, for Want of 
" fufficicnt Information, able to fay what Place was the moft convenient : 
" Whereupon it was ordered, 

" That the faid Bill and Petitions do lie on the Table. 

" Ordered, 
" That the Perfons foliciting the faid Bill, lay before this Houfe, at the next 
«* Seffion, fueh Maps or other Evidence, as they may judge neceffary, to fhew the Con- 
" veniency and Propriety of the Place mentioned in faid Bill : And that any others, 
" that may be interefted in the Matter, be at Liberty at the fame Time, to exhibit 
" iuch Maps or other Evidence, as may tend to inform the Houfe, which is the moft 
" proper Place, in the faid County of Sujfex, for a Court-Houfe and Goal. 

" Ordered, 
" That the Clerk tranfmit a Copy of this Minute, to the next Court of General 
" Seffions of the Peace for the faid County, to be there publickly read. 

" A true Copy of the Minutes. 

" By Order of the Houfe ; 

" S. Blackwood, per Clerk." 

Mr. Lawrence reported, that Mr. Clement and himfelf, waited on the Governor, 
and delivered the Mcffage with them entrufted ; and that his Excellency was pleaied 
to fay, the Houfe mould hear from him before they broke up. 

Ordered, 
That the Committee of Correfpondence, do write to the Agent of this Colony, 
acquainting him, that the Reafon no Name is inferted in the Support-Bill of this 
Seffions, as Chief- Juftice of this Province, is becaufe the Houfe would not interfere in 
the Dilpute between the two Gentlemen claiming the faid Office, and not out of any 
Difrefpefb to the Gentieman who at prefent does the Duty of that Station, and who, it 
is faid, acts therein by Virtue of his Majefty's Commiffion during Good Behaviour j 
on which Account, the Houfe is informed, the Dilpute lies before his Majefty, who, 
we doubt not, will take Order therein as fhall be moft agreeable to Juftice and the 
known Laws of the Land. 

Ordered, 
That Mr. Stevens and Mr. Paxfon do wait upon the Council, and inform them, 
that this Houfe defires to know, Whether they have any Bufinefs before them '? if 
not, that this Houfe propofes to apply to his Excellency for a Difmiffion. 

R Mr. 



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Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Paxfon and himielf, performed the Order of the 
Hcule to the Council, who faid, they have Nothing before them. 

Ordered, 
That the fame Gentlemen wait upon his Excellency, to deCre, he will be pleafed 
to pafs the Bills before him, and diimifs the Houfe. 

Mr. Stevens reported, that Mr. Paxfrn and himfelf delivered the Meffage with them 
entrusted, to his Excellency, who was pleafed to fay, the Houfe fhould hear from him 
prefently. 

A Meffage from his Excellency, by Mr. Secretary. 

Mr. Speaker, his Excellency, is in the Council-Chamber, and requires the Attendance of 
this Houfe immmediately. 

Whereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe waited upon hi3 
Excellency ; who was pleafed to give his Affent to the following Bills, enacting the 
fame, viz. 

i. An Aft to pro-vide for the Pay of the New-Jerfey Regiment, for the Month of 
November, One Thoufand Seven Hundred and Sixty, and other incidental Charges. 

2. An Act to ere ft and eflablifh Courts in the fever al Counties in this Colony, for the 
"Trial of fmall Caujes. 

3. An Aft for the Prefervation of the publick Records of the Colony of New- Jerfey. 

4. An Aft for regulating Roads and Bridges. 

5. An Aft to prevent the Sale of Tickets in Lotteries erefted out of this Province, and 
ir.ore ejfeftualty to prevent Gaming, and to revive Three publick Lotteries appointed by a 
former Law of this Colony. 

6. An- Aft to regulate the Size of Traps to be hereafter fet in this Colony. 

7. An Aft to"impower the Juftices and Freeholders of each County to adjourn, and t» 
remedy the Negleil of chufing County Collectors. 

8. An Aft to revive and amend an Aft, entitled, An Aft for the better enabling 
Creditors to recover their juft Debts from Terfons who abfeond themfelves. 

9. An Aft to continue the Dam acrofs Woodbury-Creek, in the County 0/Gloucefter. 

10. An Aft to enable the Owners and Poffeffors of feme Marfhes and Cripple Sivamp, 
in the County of Cape May, to keep out the Tide from overflowing the fame. 

And then faid, 

" Gentleme* 



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" Gentlemen of the Council, Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the General Ajfembk, 

" "T7R0M this amicable Seffion, I draw the moft favourable Omens of our 
" \_ future Concord. With Regard to your Requeft for a Diffolution, 
" Gentlemen of the Afembly, you may depend, that when I think it neceffarv 
" for his Majefty's Service, or your Advantage, that I fhall not fail to exert 
" thofe Powers which his Majefty has condefcended to invert me with. I 
" do prorogue this ArTembly to Ja?iuary $th, then to meet at Amboy, 

THO. BOONE. 








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Y Virtue of an Order of the Houfe, I do 
appoint y<zmes Parker , of Woodbridge, to print 
thefe Votes. 

SAMUEL NEVILL, 

Speaker. 



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